The Reverend Canon John Lawrence Sharpe III
Canon Sharpe graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College and was Phi Beta Kappa at Duke University’s Divinity School, where he earned a doctorate. He received a research fellowship at Oxford University and a Humanities Fellow NEH grant at Cambridge University. He is the retired curator of rare books at Duke, where he also served as academic librarian for research affairs and held other academic positions.
Bishop Edmund Browning, representing Bishop Tom Fraser, ordained Sharpe deacon on Nov. 18, 1973, at the Parish Church of Christ the King in Frankfurt, Germany. He was ordained priest by Bishop Tom Fraser, Bishop of North Carolina, on June 22, 1974, at Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh. His first assignment as a parish curate was in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, near Cambridge, England. During his academic career, Fr. Sharpe served a variety of Episcopal Church parishes in temporary assignments. He is now a priest in the Diocese of the Holy Cross, Columbia, S.C. and was installed as Canon Theologian of the Diocese on May 8, 2016. He was appointed to this position by the Right Rev. Paul Hewett, Diocesan Bishop.
Sharpe’s lifelong interest in books and history led him to an interesting career studying some of the earliest books: Coptic Christian books, preserved in the dry desert air of Egypt. He has written and lectured widely on these books and other rare documents.
Associate Priest’s Biography
The Reverend Duane C. Beauchamp
The Rev. Duane C. Beauchamp or Fr. B, as he has been known for years, grew up in Cambria, California. Cambria provided the opportunity to explore Pacific Ocean tide pools, cast a fishing line from the rocky coastline, occasionally swim in the pools at the nearby Hearst Castle and learn to drive on California’s famous Hwy 1.
Fr. B received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in History with minors in Music and Speech from California State University at Long Beach. Fr. Beauchamp earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Nashotah House in Wisconsin. He was ordained a deacon in 1975 and a priest in 1976. Fr. Beauchamp served parishes in The Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas, in Midland and Levelland, Texas. He also served The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas as Cathedral Canon for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral. Additionally, he served two suburb parishes one in Plano and the other in Addison, Texas and worked as a Professional Development Officer for Community Service Bureau in Dallas.
Then, Fr. B served Hillsdale College from 1988 until his retirement in 2016. He served as College Chaplain, and Founding Director of the College’s Great Opportunities for Assistance and Leadership program, a program of community service and Assistant Director of Student Activities. Fr. B was especially proud to serve for many years under head coach Keith Otterbein as the Academic Coach and mentor for the college’s football program. Fr. and Mrs. Beauchamp were both active within the Greater Hillsdale community, serving on various community boards. Fr. B was also the Founding Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Parish in Hillsdale. Under his guidance, Holy Trinity was founded, established as a 510.c.3. non-profit organization and began worship services in 1989. Under his direction, the parish purchased four acres of land, built a unique and beautiful church building. The parish was debt-free within ten years and Fr. B continued as the founding rector until his retirement in July of 2017. At his retirement, the parish bestowed upon him the title of Rector Emeritus. Throughout his tenure at Holy Trinity, the parish established a tradition of providing classical religious music within the congregation and community. Holy Trinity also developed a focused ministry to the ever-growing Hillsdale College professional and student community.
Fr. and Kathy Beauchamp moved to Pinehurst from Hillsdale, Michigan in September 2017 and began attending Christ Church. In November of that year, he took a position on the staff as an Associate Priest. In Pinehurst, the family feels at home among the beautiful pines that dominate the landscape.
750 Fairway Drive, Southern Pines
At the intersection of Akins Road and Fairway Drive.
Christ Church Anglican
750 Fairway Dr,
Southern Pines, NC 28387