Sharon was born in the small town of Lester, West Virginia. She is the middle child of nine children born to Otis and Sadie Cooper. Her parent worked hard to provide for their children. Her fathers was coal miner and her mother was a factory worker. While growing up in the mountains on five acer of land she enjoyed being outside with the beautiful flowers, trees birds, butterflies and spectacular view of the town. Her parents grew their own food in two large gardens along with countless fruit trees. Having fresh fruits and vegetables was an was a normal way of life. The memories of helping her mother preserve food for the winter months and seeing the beauty of nature always stayed with Sharon.
Growing up at the end of Jim Crow Era, and being part of the first class that integrate the school in Lester, Sharon fully understood the meaning of perseverance. Her parents instilled the values of integrity, hard work and doing your best in all of their children. Her parents taught them the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect. Her mother would often tell all of her children, Whatever you do in life, be the best that you can be. If you become a street sweeper, trash collector, or lawyer, be the bests that ever lived.”
Sharon knew at the age of 13 that she had a calling on her life. God called her into the ministry. She was ordained an an Evangelists in Baltimore, Maryland at the United Churches of Jesus Christ, Apostolic headquarters in 1993. She began ministering at First United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic in Washington, DC her deep desire to help others plays a significant role in her life.
She served in the United States Army, and retired with over 20 years of military service. During her military career, she had tours of duty in Germany, South Korea, Lebanon, Iraq and various regions throughout the United States. While serving her country, she raised three wonderful children (Lynetta, Bruce and Geoffrey).
At every assignment she dedicated her service to the church and the community. She served on the ministerial staff, as assistant Pastor, Community and Prison Outreach Ministers, and Youth. Ministry.
The These days, Sharon is equipping others on overcoming a failed marriage, depression, drug addiction, and financial hardship. She wants her life to be a living example of God’s love and compassion. She knows from her own experience, that it is possible to overcome the obstacles and road blocks that we all face in life.
Sharon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management and is currently pursuing her Master in Theology at Regent University. She is certified as a trainer for- Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset Train the Trainer - The Arbinger Institute; Master Resilience Trainer - University of Pennsylvania; Master Resilience Trainer-Medical - Army Medical Department. She has trained under Lisa Nichols - (Motivating the Masses) Speakers Mastermind, Breakthrough Retreat and has completed over 200 hours of personal training.
The birth of R.O.S.E. (Rose of Sharon Estate) Farm was started in April 2015, when Sharon purchased 87 acres of land in beautiful Gloucester, Virginia. Although the land had been vacant for over 20 years and needed much work, it was the beginning of Sharon’s vision to recreate her life long dream from childhood. The property was equipped with the beginning of a farm, which included a large barn, a chicken coop, a smoke house and many other features. The transformation of the property has been a labor of love for her entire family.
R.O.S.E. Farm is a place where children learn the value of real food; food that their great great grandparents would recognize. A connection is made between the Creator, and the earth. This connection reminds us all of the important roll nature plays in our physical, mental and spiritual health. R.OS.E. Farm is getting back to the basics for overall health and wellness and we ask all those with an interest or passion to join us in this movement.
Sharon and her sons, Bruce and Geoffrey have all served their country by serving in the Army and Navy. Now they are dedicated to serving their communities.
“We Blossom Together”