Sharon Kay Alexander
Class of 1959
Alumna Sharon Kay Alexander knows better than anyone that within 10 years of opening, King’s Schools already had a national reputation for excellence in Christian education. Growing up in South Dakota in the care of godly grandparents, Sharon’s world was changed when word of King’s Schools reached her family. Her grandparents wanted her to have a Christian education, so Sharon moved across the country to board at King’s, joining the class of 1959 as a junior.
During those two short years as a King’s student, Sharon was involved in everything from the Honor Society to Homecoming Court, serving as Student Body Secretary, a member of the Torchbearers Club and as a regular participant in a live Saturday morning program on KGDN, Mike Martin’s first radio station. Her favorite activity as a student was singing in Mr. Staley’s travelling choir.
“Mr. Staley nurtured my love for music and the worship of God through music. Consequently I have had the joy of singing or playing piano for most of my life,” Sharon said. One of her most cherished memories from King’s was travelling with the Tri-C trio to Montana to sing at the dedication of a new radio station there.
Her exposure to God’s Word and missions at King’s inspired her to travel in service to Colombia for several years after graduation. “The more I came to understand who God made me to be, the closer I came to understanding what my life purpose was,” she said. “Knowing your life purpose can take you from success to significance. Success is what you work for. Significance is what you live for.”
Sharon’s pursuits since graduation have been characterized by both. She published two cookbooks and served as Vice President of Priority Living, a nonprofit organization serving Christian professionals. She helped make couples’ wedding dreams come true for 17 years as the founder and operator of Weddings by Sharon Kay. For a number of years now, Sharon’s passion has been founding and leading a group known as “Professional Business Women,” with the mission to encourage business and professional women in their faith while addressing contemporary issues from a Christian perspective.
To current King’s seniors who share her spirit of entrepreneurship and thirst for Christ, Sharon gives this simple piece of advice: Trust God.
“When I was a senior at King’s, we were challenged to select a Bible verse that would become our life verse,” she said. “I selected Proverbs 3:5-6.”
If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (Prov 3:5-6, LVB)
“King’s provided a solid foundation in academics, unparalleled friendships and a deep faith in God which began my journey to discover who God made me to be,” Sharon said. “Trust Him!”