Rev. James and Angela Sharp, Serving the Lord in Uruguay
Grace supports Rev. James Sharp & Family
Rev. James and Angela Sharp serve the Lord as career missionaries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Uruguay. In this role, James plants new churches and works to support mercy outreach projects around the country. Through Word and Sacrament ministry, he partners with the local church leaders to form and develop groups of believers into mature, self-sustaining and self-replicating congregations. James also teaches courses in Lutheran theology to assist in training individuals in the Lutheran faith. He preaches in local congregations, whenever needed, as well.
In her role, Angela focuses on bilingual education and teaches English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) classes to people of all ages. She partners with local leaders and educators to encourage and strengthen the understanding and use of the English language in the community. James and Angela also seek to build relationships through Bible studies they coordinate and through interacting with local youth in various communitywide activities. Through these interactions, they find opportunities to share the Gospel.
James was born in East Moline, Ill., where his home congregation is St. John's Lutheran Church. He earned a bachelor's degree from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., and received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. During his time in school, he studied as an exchange student at Seminário Concórdia, São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Before becoming a career missionary, he served in three Lutheran high schools and, most recently, as a dual parish pastor at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Md., and Christ Lutheran Church, Dundalk, Md. In his free time, James enjoys cooking, reading, sports, and playing video games.
Angela was born in Denison, Iowa, where her home congregation is Zion Lutheran Church. She received a bachelor's degree in secondary education (focus areas in math and English) from Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward. Before heading to the mission field, she taught at Baltimore Lutheran School, Towson, Md. Angela's hobbies include reading, sports, baking, and sewing. James and Angela have four beautiful children - Elias, Ambrose, Callida and Magdalyn - who join them on the mission field.
Please pray for the Sharps as they serve the Lord in Uruguay. Pray God gives them strength and peace as they all transition to life in Uruguay, learning the culture and the language so they may effectively communicate the Gospel. Please pray specifically for the Sharp children as they leave behind their friends and school, and meet new friends and adapt to life on the mission field. Ask God to give His peace and strength to their family here in the United States who love and support them but miss them as well. Let us give thanks that James, Angela and their children have answered the call to serve God's children in Uruguay.
James - July 2
Angela - April 10
Elias - March 21
Ambrose - Dec. 29
Callida - July 9
Magdalyn - Feb. 19
Wedding Anniversary: July 15
Home District: Southeastern
Learn More about the Sharp's1. Connect with the sharps on their Facebook: Sharp Mission Central:
2. Learn more at lcms.org/sharp
3. Follow Rev. Sharp's Blog