About The Founder & Primary Instructor
Reverend Sharon Minor King, Ph.D. is the founder
of CyberChurchInternationalAcademy(CCIA). Originally, the concept was to build a "virtual church" website dedicated
to inspiring the "non-church" without committing them to any specific denomination or religious viewpoint. That
remains a focus of CCIA, but now, the site has grown to provide linkages to public education as well as bold interpretations
of sacred texts and contemporary views of religion not often discussed in Bible studies and Christian education.
Additionally "Doc", as she is affectionately called by supporters, believes CCIA provides a "safe haven"
for those struggling with societal segments of today by connecting veterans with expertise to those in need of answers to
educational, health, spiritual and cultural questions. With over thirty years of teaching at all levels, she believes CCIA
brings teachers to those who want to teach and to learn more about how to constructively influence systems that keep them
from living an "abundant" life, spiritually...by not always emphasizing financial prosperity as the ultimate goal.
For it is written, "what good will it be for a man (or woman) if he gains the world yet forfeits her soul?" Sharon
hopes CCIA will answer by providing an alternative to worldly prosperity as a substitution for spiritual and faith development.
Sharon Minor King is also the founder of A MINOR ENTERPRISE, a consultancy and cultural exchange firm that has been
producing quality educational materials representing communities, globally for over twelve years. She is a visual and performance
artist and arts educator. She has presented lecture-demonstrations, performances, and exhibitions at numerous colleges, universities,
galleries, churches, and international conferences. As an artist-in residence, she has conducted long-term projects in public
and parochial schools throughout the United States. She has also taught teachers from other countries, including Puerto Rico,
West Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Her current research within Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)
has returned her to the classroom as an art educator and a “resource” for general education teachers. She focuses
on developing practices and materials that encourage diverse approaches to celebrating the multiple cultures within public
education. She is especially focused upon the challenges facing African and African American students and teachers. At the
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), she teaches interdisciplinary courses on the Black Church, and the Black Family,
in order to develop cultural dialogues between students representing multiple cultures and disciplines.
has published and presented papers related to aesthetic anthropology, cross-cultural and multicultural arts educations, and
integration of the arts within general education. Recent publications include, “The Success of the African American
Family: The Impact of International Mis-education.” (University of Indianapolis Press & The Tunghai University Press
of Beijing, Republic of China); “An Analysis of Aesthetic Apartheid Within American Educational Segments”. (Black
Studies in Liberal Education: Great Lakes College Association);“The Soul of Philanthropy: Celebrating Cultural Views
of Giving Found Within The African Diaspora(National Center for Black Philanthropy)”;
As a cultural anthropologist,
she has focused her work on the arts and religions of Africa (Egypt; Ghana), and families within the African Diaspora. She
has founded two community dance companies and continues research on sacred dance and rituals. As a visual and performance
artist, she creates art that reflects cultural and spiritual themes and principles. Recent visual works include “The
Wedding”(painting) and “Coming to America”(mixed media).
Sharon is also an ordained Deacon of
the Full Gospel Church of the Lord’s Missions International, Incorporated. She is a founding member of Sanctuary Christian
Arts Center in Randallstown, MD., and is currently developing a “virtual” church, . Her publications include, “Reconciliation:
The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu (The Journal of Religious Thought)”; “Our Dispersed People” (Jubilee
Legacy Bible Study Guide); “The Christian Artist and the Black Church” (The Journal of Christian Education); “Evokation:
a Ritual of Celebration Through The Arts and Religion (Smithsonian Institution)”.
Her most recent
project has been the making of AUNTIE AFRIKA, a CD of "musical-storytelling", completed created by computer. This
is her second CD (SELAH/2002), and has already received tremendous acceptance and support. For more information on the CD
Bachelor of Arts George Washington University
Teacher Certification D. C. Teachers College
Master of Education Wright State University (Art Education)
Master of Divinity Howard University
Doctor of Philosophy The Ohio State University
CyberChurch International Academy