About Marilyn

Marilyn Sharpe knows it’s all about faith!
She is the principal of Marilyn Sharpe Ministries, LLC, dedicated to helping congregations equip households to nurture faith in all of the generations, all of the time, wherever they are. She is a congregational coach, trainer, writer, presenter, speaker, retreat leader and teacher. She presents with energy, passion, and contagious enthusiasm.

As a parent and grandparent, Marilyn knows firsthand the joys and sorrows, the triumphs and challenges of being a family.
She believes that all Christian adults are called to be faith parents to God’s children. A Certified Family Life Educator, Marilyn has been a parent educator for 34 years, committed to helping parents become the best and most effective they can be. She teaches parents to celebrate their strengths, give and receive support, and glean wisdom from other parents. Marilyn helps faith parents and congregations work together to pass on faith and values to the children we all cherish. She knows that all the generations bring gifts to the body of Christ and that connecting them is essential.

Formerly a high school English teacher and a confirmation teacher and director for 23 years, Marilyn has a passion for kids and their families.
She believes that families are the classroom for teaching all that is most important, the crucible for refining the best in each of us, and a safe harbor from life’s storms.

With a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from Harvard University, she takes extraordinary joy in both learning and teaching.  Marilyn is adjunct faculty at Luther Seminary and Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. Marilyn has written a monthly column, Positive Parenting, for eight years for The Metro Lutheran;

  • A series of articles on children, youth, and family ministry for The Clergy Journal
  • Articles for Lifelong Faith Journal, Lutheran Partners, Seasons of the Spirit, The Advocate, Home Base, and Connect.
  • She has done a series of podcasts on faithful parenting for Common Good Radio.
  • A book study is also available, with detailed lesson plans for teaching her book.

Marilyn’s first book, For Heaven’s Sake! Parenting Preschoolers Faithfully, captures the wisdom of parents and best parenting practices, as they nurture faith in God’s youngest children.

She is writing her second book.