Sharon Thurston, Grow Team Representative

I’m married to Bert and have two children, Kara and Rafael, who are also active at Decatur First. My family moved to Atlanta from Florida in 2004 so my husband could attend seminary at Candler School of Theology. Bert now works in the Atlanta area as a hospice chaplain. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science from Drexel University. In Florida, I worked as a marine biology researcher at Rookery Bay National Estuary Research Reserve and as a research assistant at Florida Gulf Coast University, where I taught college interns how to do research. I’ve taught science for over 13 years at every level from elementary to high school and college. I’m now part of the Creative Hearts teaching team where my daughter Kara attends. I enjoy working with both the children and youth programs at Decatur First. I can be reached at