Lead Pastor - Bryan Aalborg

Bryan Aalborg - Lead Pastor
Sharon Aalborg - Ministry Partner

Pastor Bryan and Sharon Aalborg have shared nearly 38 years of marriage and ministry together taking them to both coasts of the United States and to international locations. Pastor Aalborg's academic degrees include a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Adventist University, a Master of Divinity from Andrews University and a Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Adventist University and a Master of Arts in Education from Andrews University. She has served as a classroom instructor for numerous grade levels in both the public and the Seventh-day Adventist educational systems. Sharon currently teaches for Union County Public Schools.

The Aalborg enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, backpacking, rafting, and gardening. Sometimes they enjoy just being lazy on a beach where they both enjoy reading! They make health and fitness a priority.

The Aalborgs have one daughter, Alexis, and one grandson, Alexander.

Jesus and His Scripture give the Aalborgs confidence, guidance and purpose. Pastor Bryan resonates with Jesus' assurance in John 17:3 "This is eternal life that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ who You have sent." Sharon finds renewal in God's  love expressed in the psalm "He delivered me because He delighted in me." Psalm 18:19.

Youth/Young Adult Pastor - Ryan Hodgins

Pastor Ryan Hodgins is the Youth and Young Adult Pastor Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church in Charlotte North Carolina. He started the Revive Youth Rally hosted in Charlotte each summer. He also is the teaching pastor for our second service, Pursuit Worship.

He previously has pastored in Concord and Salisbury, North Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina where he started the Alive Youth Rally in Red Deer Alberta, Canada. He has a great passion to see Jesus in the lives of young people. He is happily married to the love of his life, Courtnie, and has three beautiful daughters, Ella, Alyssa, and Eden. He says, “The best thing that ever happened to me was when God saved my life and gave me true happiness.” He has traveled all over the world as a result of his ministry and love for mission work. God is essential to me.

Lay Pastor - Ellie Green

Ellie Green - Lay Pastor, Media Director, Bible Instructor
Lloyd 'Bunky' Green - Ministry Partner

Ellie, BSN, RN, spent 18 years as an author and speaker--both nationally and internationally--for the Mosby Book Company. She also worked as a consultant to over 3,000 hospitals and health care organizations to develop systems, policies and processes to ensure that they would meet the Joint Commission inspection standards. She is the co-author of 3 books, published over 300 articles and served as an editor for several professional journals.

After retirement, Ellie completed the Lay Pastor Assistant training offered by the Southern Union. To date, that training has enabled her to conduct twenty-one prophecy series in the Sharon church. Additionally, through the Carolina Conference Share Him program, she has conducted evangelistic campaigns in Costa Rica, Kenya, Bulgaria, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Lloyd, with college degrees in both math and physics, is retired after 38 years with NASA as the data systems manager on a series of meteorological and research satellites. He supports Ellie by giving Christ-centered scientific lectures on creation and astronomy as part of her overseas evangelistic campaigns.

Ellie and Lloyd's son, Scott, and daughter, Sheri, both have law degrees. Sheri has a 15-year old daughter, Riley, who plays on the varsity volleyball team at her high school. Scott has two sons. Austin is 13 and Alex is 10. They both are students at Adventist Christian Academy in Charlotte, NC.

Cambodian/Hmong - Pastor Thorn Hean

Thorn Hean - Cambodian/Hmong Pastor

Phalla Hean - Ministry Partner

Thorn has been pastoring the Cambodian and Hmong members of the Sharon church for the past ten years. During that time he has completed his B.A. degree in theology from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas and is now working towards a master degree at Southern Adventist University. Thorn miraculously escaped from Cambodia in his youth and, as a result, dedicated his life to God.

He and Phalla came to Charlotte in 1995 and began ministering to a very small group of Cambodians. That ministry has grown to include not only Cambodians but the Hmong folks as well. Now 50-100 people meet in the ACA gym each Sabbath--the Hmong group meets in the morning and the Cambodian group meets in the afternoon. Thorn also has an extended ministry in Lexington, NC where they are praying for a place to meet.

Pastor Thorn and Phalla have two children, Saminta and Emmanuel. Pastor Thorn and Phalla extend a warm welcome to you and invite you to visit the Hmong or Cambodian group on Sabbath morning and recommend it to your Cambodian or Hmong friends or work associates. They ask for your prayers as they continue this important ministry that is part of the Sharon church.