Parish ministry and teaching in hospitals, prisons and urban settings inform Sharon Thornton’s passion for pastoral theology. She seeks to cultivate a classroom climate open to imagination, courage and critical thinking in order to address pastoral issues emerging in diverse communities of faith today. She served as pastor of Christ Church of Chicago, UCC. She also provided pastoral leadership for Sycamore Congregational Church, UCC, and Stanford Memorial Church in California.
From 1996 to 2002, Dr. Racine taught at the University of Québec at Chicoutimi where he has been on the faculty of the Religion and Ethics Department. As Associate Professor of New Testament at the Jesuit School, Dr. Racine teaches courses on Paul's Letters, the Synoptic Gospels, and the Acts of the Apostles. Dr. Racine's areas of research are New Testament textual criticism and narrative criticism applied to Luke-Acts. He is also interested in biblical hermeneutics.
Rod Dugliss served as a missionary in Japan, worked as a college professor, and for many years had a career in the business world. Rod is a passionate advocate of the deacon's role as prophet in bringing about the kingdom of God.