Rev. Dr. Sharon L. Bryant

On January 1, 2011, Rev. Dr. Sharon L. Bryant was appointed to be a mission co-worker for the Presbyterian Church (USA). It has now been more than six years since she began serving as Coordinator of Christian Volunteers for the Church of Christ in Thailand, an ecumenical Protestant church that recently celebrated 80 years of ministry in Thailand.  In this role, Dr. Bryant places short-term volunteers in assignments throughout the country as directed by the Church of Christ in Thailand. She is based in Bangkok,  Thailand.

Sharon Louise Bryant was born in Davenport, Iowa, but left that city when she was a toddler to travel with her parents to Thailand where they were serving as missionaries for the Presbyterian Church (USA).  She spent her first seventeen years in that country, learning its language, studying at a mission school, and playing with friends from countries around the world.

Sharon returned to the United States to study vocal music at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina.  Shortly after she graduated, she was married to Robert James Bruce, Jr., and had a son, Julian Kristopher, who graduated from Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN, and Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. in 2008. Julian now lives and works in San Diego, CA.  After her marriage ended in divorce, Sharon traveled to Chicago where she worked as a vocational counselor and educator, earning a masters degree in Counselor Education from Western Illinois University.  She started her own business, Phoenix Systems Associates, working as a management consultant and trainer for a variety of clients, including nonprofit organizations and major corporations.  While serving as CEO of that organization, she also completed her doctorate in Adult and Continuing Professional Education from Northern Illinois University.

In 1998, she was hired by Dell Computer Corporation to manage its Educational Services for employees and contractors.  Already an active church member, she became an elder in Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX.  Here she felt God’s call to be a Minister of Word and Sacrament and, with the support of the Session of Central Presbyterian Church, she went to seminary.  Completing her studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in May of 2003, she served as a chaplain for Lone Star Hospice in Smithville, TX, for a year before being called to serve as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Stephenville, TX. She was installed as pastor on December 12, 2004, and served as pastor for more than six years, ending her tenure as pastor on January 2, 2011.

Evelyn Bryant and Sharon Bryant in Thailand

Dr. Bryant’s parents, Rev. Richard and Evelyn Bryant, retired from the mission field and settled in Stephenville, TX. Her father died suddenly in the spring of 2008, but her mother traveled with Dr. Bryant to Thailand in 2011, renewing friendships with those she served among for decades. In August, 2012, just after her 92-birthday, Evelyn Bryant went to be with her Lord, surrounded by friends who served with her in Thailand for many years.

Since she began her ministry in Thailand in 2011, more than 50 people have accepted Dr. Bryant’s invitation to come to Thailand to visit the ministry there and/or to serve as volunteers. Of those who have come, five are still living and working in Thailand even though they are no longer part of the CVT Program. Many more volunteers are needed to support the ministries of the church in Thailand.

In her free time, Sharon Bryant enjoys reading murder mysteries and spy novels, writing poetry, creating works of art from stained glass, traveling, and working on older homes.

Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog solely express the views of Sharon L. Bryant.  They do not reflect any position or policy of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Church of Christ in Thailand, and/or any other person, party, or organization mentioned or linked within this blog.

9 Responses to About

  1. Michelle Warner says:

    What an amazing lady. You impress me so.

  2. Terri Greenway says:

    Hey Sharon this is your all-time favorite dental hygienist from stephenville. I was going thru some stuff today and found the sermon you wrote about floss/church attendence and me! I had to dig for a bit but then I found the info you gave me……….! And here I am following you along your travels, though I am a bit behind, I am catching up quickly! I love the part about your sister….found that quite entertaining! Looks like you have been VERY busy since I’ve seen you……and you look great so it must be agreeing with you. Continue with your good works……and I’ll stay along for the ride!

  3. Barb Mandaville says:

    Hi Sharon, your cousin Carolyn Mayhugh shared your blog with me as way of introduction. Carolyn and I have been friends since the ’80s (last century!) and has spoken very highly of you and your family. I have been traveling while working, to see and experience the world. I am now moving into S.E. Asia. I will be traveling to Bangkok tomorrow and expect to stay a few days before moving on to Chiang Mai. If you have the time, I’d love to meet you and perhaps share a cup of tea and some travel stories. I will be staying in the Pranakorn region – not sure how close that is to you. My email is barbm0817@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

  4. Rev. Charles Rice says:

    Hey, Sharon, it was good to read about your ministry there in Thailand. We appreciated your time with us at the lectionary group meetings when your were serving in Stephenville. If this is a three year stint and then furlough back here, please let us know. Also, greet our mom for me. Your UCC friend, Charles

  5. Lorraine Nunn says:

    HI, My family and I lived in Bangkok from 1965 to 1972. We used to visit Sam and his family at Beng Hwa jewelers. .- who you mention having visited several times in 2012. I wonder if you have a contact for them that you could send me as I am having trouble getting in touch with them. Many thanks in advance. Kind regards Lorraine

  6. Carol Jarell says:

    Hello, I would like to contact you by email, can you please provide me with an email address by which I can contact you, thank you, Carol

  7. M. C. McCoy says:

    It has been eerily wonderful to catch up with you in reading through one of your Thailand Tales blog postings which I just ran across. I couldn’t be happier for you.

  8. Mary Nebelsick says:

    Thank you Sharon!

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