Sharon Ramsay (MDiv, 1994)

Distinguished Alumni Community Impact Award, 2021

Sharon Ramsay smiling

Since graduating from Tyndale, Sharon Ramsay (MDiv 1994) has worked as a registered psychotherapist and registered marriage and family therapist, helping individuals journey through unexpected experiences in different seasons of life.

Sharon brings a wide range of experience from her work in private practice, post-secondary institutions, professional organizations and mental health agencies within Christian and wider public settings. She has taught several courses at Tyndale Seminary and has led retreats and workshops focused on a variety of topics, such as racial reconciliation, radical hospitality and gender equality.

“Second Corinthians 1:3-4 is my reminder that I can only share what I have received,” she says. “The apostle Paul gives thanks to God for the comfort we receive from Christ so that we can comfort others with the comfort we have received.

“If that doesn’t speak to the dynamic in a therapeutic relationship, I don’t know what does.”

Serving on the Boards of Ontario, Canadian and American associations for marriage and family therapy, Sharon appreciates being able to serve as a Christ follower in the marketplace. She has currently put her practice on hold to study for her PhD in counselling and spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

“I expect the doctoral program will keep me busy for the next four years, but I hope to contribute to the field that has been so formative in my life,” says Sharon. Within the program, she is supervising four first-year MA students and is serving as a clinical assistant.

“I hope to live a life faithful to the call I have received.”

Sharon enjoys connecting with friends and loved ones, reading, writing, supporting the arts and drinking copious cups of tea. She has been married to Jamie since 1992, and they are the parents of Claire and Graham who are both in their twenties.

“My spare time often involves shared laughter with my family and reflecting on the unfolding drama that is life,” she says. “Each day has its own rhythm that will make space for exercise, journaling and praying through the joys and challenges that lie ahead.”

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