Marty and Sharon
Pastors, Evangelists, Missionaries, Singers, Authors, Friends
"And He gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the meausre of the stature of the fulness of Christ." Eph. 4:11-13
The Tharp Family began evangelizing over fifty years ago. After pastoring for a few years, they were invited to hold a one week revival at a church in Denver, Colorado. One week quickly turned into two, then three and after seventeen weeks, they finally closed the meeting. As a result of that time in Denver, they had enough invitations to minister from other churches to fill a two year schedule. It’s sufficient to say that they’ve been on the road ever since. Fifty years, seven buses, over three million miles by road and a half-million by air, they’re still at it, singing, teaching and preaching wherever God opens the door.
After several years, many pastors began asking that Dr. Tharp write some of their favourite sermons into books, an idea with which Dr. Tharp quickly agreed, but soon allowed to fall by the wayside as the rigorous schedule the family was keeping demanded all of their time. It was twenty years ago that Dr. Tharp found himself lying flat on his back in the Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, asking God what he had ever promised Him he would do that he had not yet done. Immediately from heaven came the word, “Books!” Dr. Tharp knew exactly what the Lord was telling him, it was time to keep his promise.
At the age of sixty-two, Dr. Tharp began writing and has since penned fifty-three books, twenty-three of which are being used as ciriculum in Bible colleges in America and abroad. Reaching this milestone has not caused Dr. Tharp to slow down, instead, he has continued to write as the Lord has given him revelation and is a firm believer in the old adage, “If you don’t use your brain, you lose it.”
The Tharps continue to travel around the country and overseas sharing the love and life of God with believers and non-believers alike.
Anyone who has seen the Tharps in person can certainly attest to the fact that you never know WHO will show up with them. Throughout their years of traveling, there have been countless young people who have answered the call to board the bus alongside them, too many to name them all but presently, they are accompained by Maranda Howells who has worked alongside them for the last eighteen years at home and abroad.