Reverend Dr. Donald Lee Sharp was born August 10, 1937, Chicago, Illinois.  Married to Lurlie Heard Sharp, retired RN.  He served in the United States Army from 1960 until 1962. 

 He was licensed to preach in 1957 by the late Reverend S. A. Grayson, Pastor of St. Luke  Baptist  Church in Chicago; ordained in 1964 by the late Reverend H.N. Mitchell, Pastor of New  Philadelphia  Baptist Church, Chicago. Rev. Sharp is the organizing Pastor of the  Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church  (FTBC), Chicago, Illinois, 1964.

 His formal education includes: Douglas Elementary School, Hyde Park High School, B.A.  Degree De Paul University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Masters of Arts Religion (MAR/UM), Doctor of  Educational Ministry (D.Ed. Min), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Project Title - A Strategy to Strengthen African American Families at the Faith  Tabernacle Baptist Church, Chicago,  Illinois, December 2011).

 Rev. Sharp has extensive leadership skills as noted by his participation and services as President,  Chicago Bible Society (1975-1994), Black Church Services Consultant, Chicago Metropolitan  Baptist Association (CMBA, 1974 - 1980).  His leadership entailed trusteeship with Boyce Bible  College,  Louisville, Kentucky.

  He also have served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Urban Life Center,
  
American Chicago Center for Urban Life & Culture, Seminary Consortium for Urban
  Pastoral Education (SCUPE), Associate Baptist Press (Jacksonville, Fl), Chicago Community
  Loan Fund. Served on Board of Directors of the Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA),
  Springfield, Il from 1974 - 1980.  Subsequently, elected as Vice-President of the IBSA,
  Springfield, IL from 1981- 1983. 

  
Most importantly, history will illustrate that Rev. Dr. Donald L. Sharp  was the 1st African     American elected as the President of the Illinois Baptist State Association (1983 - 1985).  Another historical note is that Pastor Sharp was again elected to serve as president in 2002  only the second person to have served a second time.

         Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the
         GuideStone Financial Services (SBC).

               He is also featured in the following publicaitons:
         "Simple Church" by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger,
         "Just Folks from Americal's Heartland" by Robert
         Hastings (1979), and "Harvestime on the Prairie;
         A History of Baptist in Illinois 1796 - 1996" by
         Myron D. Dillow (1996)

             
Published Articles         

             Daily Devotion
             
Good News Daily Devotion Guide
             
Visions Unlimited, 1985
             
Giving Beyond What We Are Able To See
             
See, Here Is Water
             
WMU, Southern Baptist Convention, 1987
             
Will You Go?
             
Southern Baptist Preaching Today, Broadman Pres, 1987
             
It's Your Convention (How Do You Get Involved?)
             
Churches Ministering to Black Americans, Dr. Chan Garrett, 1985

             Publications and Awards

             Who's Who in Religion, 3rd Edition, 1985
             The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, April 2, 1992
             
Chicago Magazine, 1996 Chicagoans of the Year
             
Chicago Realtors Good Neighbor Award
     
                       Travels

  •      Antigua
  •      Benin, West Africa
  •      Brazil
  •      China
  •      Egypt
  •      England
  •      Finland
  •      France
  •      Ghana, West Africa
  •      Hong Kong
  •      Israel
  •      Ivory Coast, West Africa
  •      Jamaica
  •      Jordan
  •      Kazakhstan (Central Asia)
  •      Rome 
  •      Russia 
  •      Scotland
  •      The Democratic Republic of Georgia
  •      The Netherlands
  •      US Virgin Islands
  •      Uzbekistan (Central Asia)


  Mrs. Lurlie Sharp

 It is truly by faith and much prayer that our Pastor is leading  the church in the direction of our church motto, "The Church That Is Built on Faith and Grows by Love".  I see the growth.  Perhas not so much numerically but spiritually which is the  most significant part of any church growth.  

 Our theme for the year, "Transforming Our Families Through God's Word" is certainly a focus that we are concentrating on here at Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church (FTBC) because of the love of family and the caring for others in the life of our church.  The Lord is certainly keepng His arms around our Pastor to give him strength to endure and keep the faith as he leads this church ministry.

Although I was not a part of FTBC when it was organized (1964), my journey did begin in 1972. The Lord blessed me to become the wife of Rev. Dr. Donald L. Sharp; that was 45 years ago. I've experienced much joy on this journey; and I thank God for affording me the opportunity to serve the church with my husband.  

I enjoy my participation as a member of the WMU (Women's Missionary Union) and teaching Sunday Morning Bible School for the best class ever (The Bereans).  Both ministries are terrific to work and share with and I feel very proud and grateful being involved.  Thus, I pen the words of  Jerimiah: "It is of the Lord's mercies and loving-kindness that we are not consumed because His (tender) compassions fail not.  They are new every morning, great and abundant is your stability and faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23, The Amplified Bible). 

With the Love of Christ

Lurlie

 

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