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Sunday Gathering: “Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World “
June 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Doors open at 10:30 am for coffee and conversation.
Sunday Gathering begins at 11 a.m.
Childcare is provided. Everyone is welcome!
Program ends at 12:30 p.m.
Featured Speakers: Sharon & Darrel Cantrell “”Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World ”
Community Moment: Bill Solomon
Musical Guest: Mason & Cantrell
About our Speakers:
Sharon S. Cantrell returned to the Kansas City area to be around family and friends in 2002. Spending 8 years in the Fort Worth area, she retired in 1999 as the Program Director at Samaritan House, a Residential Homeless Program for Persons living with HIV and AIDS in the Ft. Worth area.
Sharon has her Bachelor of Social Work from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) , and spent several years in the field of Child Welfare/Protective Services in Missouri and Montana, specializing in Sexual Abuse Investigations during much of that time.
As a licensed Social Worker, she has also worked in the psychiatric/drug abuse field. In 1990, she moved into the field of child abuse prevention with the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition (now know as Sunflower House). Before moving from the Kansas City Area, she began work on her Masters of Public Administration at the Block School of Business at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Since her return to the area, she has been active at her church, Shawnee Community Christian Church in Shawnee and is an urban pastor at the Micah Ministry at Independence Blvd. Christian Church.
Her greatest journey began in 2005, when she started seminary at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Seeking to grow in her faith in the beginning, she has now found her ministry among the poor and marginalized at the Micah Ministry. She graduated in 2011 with her Masters of Divinity degree.
She is married to Darrell for 53 years, she and her husband have 3 grown children, three spouse/partners, ten beautiful grand children, three spouses and 3 plus great grandchildren.
Darrell Cantrell retired in 1999 from the BNSF after 36 years, holding extensive management positions in the Engineering Department. He was President of ARMEA, a national railroad engineering organization in 1999. Also in 1999, he started Cantrell Rail Services and has continued to work worldwide as an Engineering Consultant since that time. He also works full time at AmstedRPS, a rail products company.
Although he had a deep desire for working with homeless people for some time, it was not until he returned to KC in 2002 from Fort Worth, TX that he began to realize his dream. He found the Micah ministry at Independent Blvd Christian Church in the old NE area of KC and he has been volunteering his time there now for over 15 years. He has been the executive chef, managing the vast number of meal preparations that occur every Monday for the past 9-10 years.
When he began to hear of hunger in Johnson County, he was part of a team that started the Johnson Co Food Ministry in Olathe in the fall of 2009. That ministry continues with capable volunteers in place.
For one summer, he ran the West Bluffs Food Ministry at Alta Vista Christian church, where they served each Saturday through out the summer.
But his first love is Micah Ministry where he devotes long hard hours cooking the nutritious meals each week. He plans the meals, buys the food, and manages the food budget and run the ministry with the pastor of the church, Rev Lee Chiaramonte.
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