Rev. Sharon M. Adair-Harden was born on January 17, 1966 in Magnolia, Arkansas, to the Presiding Elder (Retired) Thomas W. Adair and Ruby Cross Adair. Her personal walk with Christ began at an early age, and she served faithfully as the musician for Beech Hill AME Church (Rev. Clarence Reynolds) and Free Union Baptist Church (the late Rev. Charles Hughey). After moving to Atlanta in January 2002, Pastor Sharon joined the Greater St. Peter AME Church at the River’s Edge in Jonesboro, Georgia. It was there that she accepted her call into the ministry under the leadership and guidance of the Rev. Isaiah Waddy, later she was licensed by Presiding Elder Larry Hudson, Sr. She was ordained as an Itinerate Deacon on May 23, 2014 during the Atlanta North Georgia Conference at the Flipper Temple AME Church, by Bishop Preston Warren Williams III. Pastor Sharon was awarded her first pastoral assignment to Greater St. Paul AME Church in Austell, Georgia by Bishop Williams during the mid-year convocation on June 10, 2016. Bishop Reginald T. Jackson saw fit to ordain Pastor Sharon to Itinerate Elder May 18, 2018 during the Atlanta North annual conference at Allen Temple AME Church in Atlanta.
Educationally, Pastor Sharon earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ashford University in Healthcare Administration. She later earned a Master’s degree, with a double major in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration. Pastor Sharon graduated in December of 2018 with a Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary.
Before moving to Atlanta, Pastor Sharon worked at Magnolia City Hospital as a Certified Respiratory Therapist for 13 years. She is a Master Sergeant, serving twenty-five (5 years active duty) years in the United States Air Force Reserves. Pastor Sharon has one sibling, Gregory Adair. She is the proud mother of two beautiful children, Cerosha & ShaRonda, and the grandmother of 6 beautiful grand-children, Caleb, Zoe, Devin, and Kyla, Kamryn, and Kehlani. In her leisure time she enjoys spending quality time with her family. She enjoys watching movies and reading, but above all fulfilling the will of God is her main purpose. She is a dedicated woman of God with compassion, love, and grace who has a heart and compassion for young people. She is a woman of strength in the face of adversity. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end,” and her two favorite songs are, “Lord, I Am Available To You,” and “By Your Spirit.”