Dr. Sharon Hinton

Sharon Hinton, RN, MSN, DMin

Senior Professor of Health Ministry
Faith Community Nursing Specialist
International Experience: Liberia, Congo, Uganda, Sudan, USA




  • Doctor of Ministry, Global Health & Wholeness, St. Paul School of Theology, St. Paul, MN
  • Master of Science, Parish Nursing, Saint Joseph College, Standish, ME
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Texas Tech University, Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
  • Diploma, Registered Nurse, East Tennessee Baptist Hospital, School of Nursing, Knoxville, TN

Doctoral Dissertation 

  • Preach, Teach, and Heal: Christian Denominational Administration of Faith Community Nurse Health Ministry in the United States   


  • Board Certified, Faith Community Nurse, RN-BC; American Nurses Credentialing Center   
  • Certified Instructor, Connecting Neighbors: Organizing the Local Church for Disaster Ministries, United Methodist Committee on Relief
  • Licensed Paramedic, Texas Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Management, Lubbock, TX
  • Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Texas Department of State Health Services, Lubbock, TX 

Additional Training

  • Introduction to Disaster Services, American Red Cross
  • Train the Trainer Cultural Competency Development Program, Madonna University, College of Nursing and Health / University of Michigan, Flint, MI
  • Victim Chaplain & Crisis Responder Basic Training, Victim Relief Ministries, Amarillo, TX
  • Parish Nurse Preparation Institute, Marquette University, College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI
  • Chaplain Extern, Clinical Pastoral Education, Methodist Hospital, Lubbock, TX

Teaching Specializations

  • Health Ministry
  • Church-based Nursing
  • Disaster Relief Health Care
  • Spiritual Caregiving in Health Ministry  

Academic Experiences

  • Adjunct Faculty, Lubbock Christian University, Department of Nursing, Lubbock, TX
  • Contract Faculty, Texas Tech University, Health Science Center, School of Nursing Continuing Education, Program, Lubbock, TX
  • Instructor/Examiner, Emergency Medical Services, Amarillo College / Texas Department of Health, Amarillo, TX

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Faith Community Nurse Project Manager, International Parish Nurse Resource Center, Church Health Center, Memphis, TN
  • Faith Community Nurse Specialist, International Parish Nurse Resource Center, Church Health Center, Memphis, TN
  • Executive Director & Lead Educator, Rural Nurse Resource, Floydada, TX
  • Network Advisor, United Methodist Health Ministry Network, UMCOR, General Board of Pension & Health Benefits, United Methodist Church, Glenview, IL
  • Consultant, Texas State University, Long Term Care Institute, San Marcos, TX
  • Consultant for Parish Nursing / Health Ministry, General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church, New York, New York 
  • Development Consultant, C.E. Global Health Education, Dallas, TX

Medical Experiences

  • Nursing Supevisor, Disaster Services Coordinator, Staff Development Educator, Caprock Hospital District, Floydada, TX
  • Traveling Nurse, Staff RN, ICU/Neuro-Trama ICU for:
    • Barrows Neurological Institute/St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
    • Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene, TX
    • North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC
    • Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, FL
    • Wyoming Medical Center, Casper WY
    • Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland, TX
  • Staff RN ICU, Neuro Trama ICU, St.Mary's Medical Center, Knoxville, TN
  • Staff RN ICU, East Tennessee Baptist Hospital,Knoxville, TN 


  • Introduction to Faith Community Nursing Health Ministry, Illinois Baptist State Association (SBC), Women's Annual Conference, Springfield, IL
  • Self-care: The Joy of Stress, Illinois Baptist State Association (SBC), Women's Annual Conference, Springfield, IL
  • Healthcare as Mission: The Role of the Church, International Wholistic Missions Conference, Phoenix, AZ
  • Foot-In-Mouth Syndrome: What Not to Say in a Crisis, Northwest Texas Conference United Methodist Church Annual Round-up, Lubbock, TX
  • Are You a Good Samaritan? Introduction to Health Ministry, Northwest Texas Conference United Methodist Church Annual Round-up, Lubbock, TX
  • Choosing the Write Path Through Faith Community Nursing: Spiritual Journaling, Harris Methodist Fort Worth, Hospital Annual Faith Community Nursing Retreat, Fort Worth, TX
  • Spiritual Journaling: Strategies for Personal and Professional Wellness, Wesley Nurse Health Ministries, Annual Health Ministry Symposium, San Antonio, TX
  • International Parish Nurse Resource Center Westberg Symposium – Who Speaks for the Parish Nurse?: Self-Advocacy – St Louis
  • 7 Steps Toward Healthier Congregations, Northwest Texas Conference Round-Up, Lubbock, TX
  • Self-care for Parish Nurses, Parish Nurse Assessing and Developing Support Groups, Parish Nurse Working with Grief and Loss, Parish Nurse and Family Violence modules taught at Episcopal Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course, Slaton, TX
  • Introduction to Health Ministry & Parish Nursing, Community-wide presentations: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trinity Lutheran church, Covenant Fellowship United Methodist Church, Amarillo, TX St Paul’s United Methodist Church, Abilene, TX
  • Parish Nurse Network, Empowering Ministries of Health: National Congregational Health Ministries Conference, Wichita, KS
  • Intentional Care of the Spirit, United Methodist Parish Nurse Networking, Health Ministries Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX
  • John Wesley’s Thoughts on Health Ministry: Bringing Wholistic Health to Congregations, Northwest Texas Conference United Methodist Church Round-Up, Lubbock TX
  • Do You Know What to do? Preparing Congregations for Disasters, Northwest Texas Conference United Methodist Church Round-Up, Lubbock TX
  • Body, Mind, & Spirit: Serving Christ Through Health Ministry in Congregations, Northwest Texas Conference United Methodist Church Round Up, Lubbock, TX
  • Health Ministries/Parish Nursing; What it is and is Not, Floydada First United Methodist Church, Floydada Lion’s Club, Floydada Good Sams Club, Lubbock County Partners for Parenting Coalition, Floydada, TX
  • Band-Aids in Pocket, Bible in Hand: How Parish Nurses Help Heal Congregations, Northwest Texas Conference United Methodist Church Round Up, Lubbock, TX 


  • Author, Spiritual Reflections Journal: Health Ministry Edition, PepTalk Productions
  • Author, Spiritual Reflections Journal for Nurses and Health Advocates, Essence Publishing.
  • Regular contributor, Nurse in the Church, editorial column, Journal of Christian Nursing
  • Contributor, Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul: Second Dose
  • Contributor, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love
  • Contributor, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses

Special Recognitions

  • Volunteer of the Year, Floydada Chamber of Commerce, Floydad, TX
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Girl Scouts of Caprock Council, Lubbock, TX
  • First place award, Frontiers in Writing - Nonfiction, Panhandle Professional Writers Association, Amarillo, TX
  • First place award, Inspirational Writers Alive - Devotion, Houston, TX

Membership & Offices in Associations & Organizations

  • American Nurses Association / TNA Texas Nurses Association
  • Health Ministries Association, lifetime member, Rural Health Ministries Committee, National Conference Speaker
  • Health Ministries Association, Texas Chapter, Secretary, Regional Contact
  • International Association for Journal Writing
  • Northwest Texas Conference, United Methodist Church, Parish Nurse Coordinator
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship
  • Panhandle Plains Professional Writers, Vice President for Membership
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Zeta Chapter, Member-at-Large, Speaker's Bureau
  • Tennessee Nurses Association