Sharon is Director of Refugee & Immigration Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is an employee of Disciples Home Missions, with her office located in Washington, D.C., on the second floor at National City Christian Church. She works to mobilize Disciples congregations around the country to offer hospitality to immigrants, provide refugee resettlement assistance to refugees, seek justice for farm workers, and engage in advocacy on behalf of refugees and immigrants. Prior to joining DHM, Sharon served for 19 years as the Founder and Executive Director of Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries, which provides wholistic ministries to thousands of refugees annually in California’s Central Valley.
Previously, she pastored in North Carolina and California, and served in mission in Seoul and Pusan, South Korea. She is a pastor, ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and with clergy standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is the wife of Disciples pastor Rev. Dr. Woodie Rea, Senior Pastor at The Inter-faith Chapel at Leisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is the sister, daughter, and granddaughter of pastors. She holds a doctor of ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, earned a Masters of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary, has studied in Indonesia and China, and lived for many years in a low income Fresno, California neighborhood nicknamed after a refugee camp in Thailand. She loves traveling, and enjoys running daily with her beagle.