A long-time Christian Church (Disciple of Christ) member, Sharon Cantrell returned to the Kansas City area to be around family and friends in 2002. She previously served as program director at Samaritan House, a residential homeless program for people living with HIV and AIDS in the Ft. Worth area.
Sharon has her Bachelor of Social Work from Southwest Missouri State University (Missouri State University now), and spent several years in the field of child welfare/protective services in Missouri and Montana, specializing in physical/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), training schools, churches and day care facilities on the basics of child abuse identification and reporting. While living in the Kansas City area, she began work on her Master of Public Administration at the Bloch School of Business at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Since her return to this area, she has been active as the lead 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. Graduating in 2011 with a Master of Divinity, as an ordained pastor she has now found her ministry among the poor and marginalized at the Micah Ministry.
She and her husband of 56 years, Darrell, have three grown children, three spouses/partners, 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.