Dr. Sharon Thornton is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She served as the pastor of a Japanese American church, Christ Church of Chicago, UCC. She has also provided pastoral leadership for Sycamore Congregational Church, UCC, a Japanese American church in Northern California, and Stanford Memorial Church in Palo Alto, California. Sharon currently serves as Professor of Pastoral Theology at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. She taught at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California before joining the faculty of Andover Newton Theological School in 2000.