Brian (EU ’98) and Sharon (CBC ’92) Page
Current occupation: Brian serves as the administrator of Compact Family Service’s Hillcrest Children’s Home, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Sharon serves as the donor relations coordinator for Hillcrest Children’s Home. The home provides residential care and treatment to abused, neglected, and vulnerable children.
What brought you to Springfield, Missouri?
Sharon: I got saved when I was 15 years old, and I really wanted to follow the Lord’s will for my life. I received information in the mail from Central Bible College, along with several other universities, and the Lord confirmed to me that CBC was where He wanted me to go. Once I made that decision, all of the mail from other universities stopped coming in, but I still continued to receive mail from CBC, and I took that as confirmation that it was the right place for me.
Brian: My brother attended CBC, so I was familiar with it. As I was searching for God’s will for my life, I felt like Bible school might be an opportunity for me to discover what His will was, so I enrolled at CBC in 1993.
How did God speak to you during your time in Springfield?
Sharon: CBC provided a safe place for me to gain foundational spiritual disciplines. Having only been saved for three years before attending, I learned how to read through and understand the Bible at CBC. I learned how to pray. I learned about Pentecost. I processed through some emotional healing. I learned the fundamentals of leadership. The faculty were very much like spiritual parents to me. The relationships I formed at CBC have been some of the longest lasting.
Brian: I felt a very specific call of God on my life to work with orphans at the altar during a chapel service while at CBC. At the time I had no idea what that meant, but it was then that I began the journey to where I am today. I connected with some of the directors on campus, and they told me about Hillcrest Children’s Home. Following my time at CBC, I secured a job at Hillcrest Children’s Home and returned to Evangel to finish a degree in social work.
What was the benefit of studying in a Christian environment?
Sharon: The professors at CBC really encouraged us to study the Bible and wrestle with our faith. As we learned scripture and theology, we grew deeper in our knowledge of the truth. I learned that whatever I was to do in life, I needed to keep Jesus and His truth at the center. I’m an ordained minister, but I haven’t held a conventional pastoral role. I’ve worked for various nonprofit organizations and I’ve worked in the secular world. Earning my education in a Christian environment really prepared me for every vocation in life. I learned to be a witness for Christ no matter where my career path took me.
Brian: Studying in a Christian environment prepared me to combine my love for the Lord with the practical world of social work to which I was called. I felt a calling to minister to others through a helping profession, and it was in this way that God allowed me to take the spiritual truths I learned at CBC and apply them in my professional career. I wanted the work that I did to ultimately point people to Christ. In the field of social work, we address holistic health – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And all three aspects are equally important. The training I received both at CBC and Evangel uniquely prepared me to address all aspects of a person’s overall health in a really powerful and impactful way.
How are you able to take what you learned in Springfield and minister to others even when you aren’t in full-time ministry?
Sharon: I learned quickly what it meant to be in marketplace ministry. I worked in banking, and I couldn’t be in everyone’s face about the gospel, but I could live my life in a way in which the light of Christ was able to shine through me and make an impact. I didn’t feel like less of a minister because I was outside of a church. Discipling people happens in close relationship, and it’s often the one-on-one connections that impact people the most. Sharing a meal or having a vulnerable conversation with someone are ways to minister. I’m content with serving the Lord regardless of the title I hold.
Brian: I served in the military, and I was often confused for a chaplain, even though I didn’t have a cross on my uniform. That was simply due to the way I chose to live my life and the way I carried myself. I stood out and I was different. And I was OK with that because I knew I was being salt and light in that environment. In my current role, I often interact with state officials and other representatives who are part of the foster care network. I have an opportunity to make a difference and improve relationships between the agencies we work with and the Church simply by the way I live my life. It’s a humbling and wonderful calling.