Sharon Beattie

Retired Clergy, Human Resources

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Ordained as an Elder in the UMC in 1990, Sharon began her life as a Methodist at Seventh Street Methodist Church in Temple, Texas. The only child of a faithful Christian couple, she was raised in and by the people of the United Methodist Church. She dedicated her life to full-time Christian service at the age of 16. While following her call, she met her husband, John, at Duke Divinity School. While working at United Theological seminary in the field education office, she was ordained and appointed to serve there. She also served at Clayton UMC, William Street UMC (Delaware, OH), and Glenwood UMC (Columbus), from which she retired in 2014. She & John moved to Galena in May 2014. Sharon was appointed as Interim Associate Pastor at Messiah on December 1, 2014. On February 1, 2015 she began as a part-time associate pastor focusing mainly on Staff and Administration.

Sharon’s ministry scripture is “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah (43:18-19a) She says: “It has been a sacred privilege to serve God and watch God bring about newness in the lives of congregations and individuals as they begin and continue the journey of becoming all God created them to be. Messiah is an exciting place to be in ministry. I look forward to discovering all that God has in store for us all!”

John & Sharon have two sons, two daughters-in-law, four grandchildren, one dog and two cats!


  • B.A. in Religion from Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, 1970

  • M.A.R.E. from Duke Divinity School, 1972

  • M.Div. from United Theological Seminary, 1986

  • Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, 1996