The formal unveiling of the portrait of Dr. Conrad Sharps will take place in the IPC Parlor on Sunday, October 8 immediately following the 11 am service. Dr. Sharps and his wife, Lauren, will attend the presentation with brief remarks by IPC Senior Pastor Dr. William J. Carl III, artist Jason Bouldin and Dr. Sharps.
The tradition at IPC upon the departure of the Senior Pastor is to have a portrait painted to hang at IPC. Upon the departure of Dr. Sharps in 2015, a committee of Past Presidents of the Congregation was formed composed of Miller Gorrie, Jeff Grantham, Verna Lyons and myself to carry out the task.
The committee’s first task was to select a suitable artist that could capture the essence of Dr. Sharps at a
reasonable cost. After reviewing the work of a number of artists, primarily those who had done work in the
Birmingham area, the committee selected Jason Bouldin of Oxford, Mississippi. Among the local portraits created by Jason are three of the founding partners of the Maynard, Cooper and Gale law firm. No church funds were used for the portrait. The cost was covered by voluntary contributions.
Jason met personally with the Sharps, took pictures and returned to Oxford to sketch. He then met with the committee and the Sharps for approval of the sketches. Upon approval, he returned to Oxford to paint the portrait. On Wednesday, August 16, Jason presented the portrait to the committee of past presidents, Dr. Sharps, Lauren and Dr. Carl. Everyone was extremely pleased that the portrait truly captures the essence of Dr. Sharps.
Dr. Sharps earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1985 from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and since graduation, has remained in parish ministry as a faithful Teaching Elder of the Presbyterian Church, USA.
In his thirty plus years of ministry, he has served four congregations: Faison Presbyterian Church in Faison, NC; First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach, FL; Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL; and currently Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. His gifts for ministry, developed through years of
experience and devotion are: the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the development of
self-sustaining congregations striving for spiritual depth and broad mission impact in the community and beyond.