Meet Kathy Chapman Sharp
Passionate about my faith, I have used my pen and voice to inspire and encourage involvement in God’s Kingdom work for more than 25 years. Formerly the director of communications for Saddleback Church and Purpose Driven Ministries in Southern California. I now work as a communications consultant helping churches and religious organizations find a relevant voice that speaks above the chaotic noise of the world. I also served on the executive pastoral staff of The Chapel, a multi-site mega church in the northern suburbs of Chicago. My love of writing and everything I know about communications comes from my experiences of serving God on church staffs, as an international missionary in Spain and Brazil, in editorial and management roles at LifeWay Christian Resources, and as Director of Publishing for the International Mission Board.
I’m often reminded I didn’t choose this field of work — it chose me. Or, rather, God chose me. I’m grateful for the incredible opportunities he has given me to serve him. And I’m humbled to have learned from some of God’s choicest servants along the way. In fact, I’m still learning as I strive to keep the main thing, the main thing, making sure my time is wisely invested in work that shares my vision of making Christ known to the ends of the Earth.
There’s nothing I love more than building communication strategies – assessing tactics and structure, building new cohesive strategies around the DNA of a church or organization, and then creating the staffing structure to execute it. Yeah, that’s my idea of a really good time! I also enjoy speaking and teaching at churches and conferences designed for leaders, journalists and writers, as well as women’s conferences.
My first book, “Life’s Too Short to Miss the Big Picture for Women,” was published in April, 2011. That was an exciting year to say the least!
Sometimes I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day. But only sometimes. I find the greatest clarity when surrounded by chaos and living life at warp speed. So really, who needs more hours in the day? Not me! I still believe that if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.
A self-confessed “social media geek,” I’m based in Nashville, TN where I live with my husband, Terry and our Yorkshire Terrier, Penelope. My daughter, Beck, and son-in-love, Terrence blessed us with our first grandchild in October 2014. Fox Lancaster has definitely rocked our world! When not pondering the power of words, I love practicing hospitality, downloading a good read on my iPad Air, digging in the earth, and packing a bag to visit someplace new and exotic.
You can follow me on Twitter at @chapmansharp.