About Us

We are the Founders of Lightsey Ministries, Inc., Faith and Favor Ministries, and We Be Buds Marriage Educators, all in the Charlotte, NC area. "Walk By Faith, Live With Favor" is the Internet Ministry God gave us in 2004 to share His Word to those all over the world.   By way of monthly sermons and words of encouragement, we have been extremely blessed in reaching the masses as we proclaim the gospel and impart words of exhortation and wisdom in an exceptionally anointed fashion. Presenting the Word in a clear and no-nonsense venue has been rewarding to our supporters. No doubt you will enjoy and be enlightened as we expound upon God's Word.   Select our website as one of your favorites.You will surely be blessed as we cover various issues and concerns pertinent to righteous living and steadfast dedication in being all God has called and intended you to be. No doubt you will be revived and refreshed as you "Walk By Faith and Live With Favor."     "For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest    knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for   what we really are."  (Hebrews 4:12, NLT)     For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17 , NKJV).

Rev. Sharen Lightsey

"For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from   God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment."   (Luke 1:37, Amplified)   


A native of New Jersey, Pastor Sharen resides in the Charlotte, NC area where she serves as Co-Founder of  Lightsey Ministries, Inc. and also of Faith and Favor Ministries with her husband, Dr. R. J. Lightsey. She also is an Associate Pastor at Freedom Worship Center of Charlotte, NC.   She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Psychology from Rutgers University, and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Baker College. She is a 2010 Fellow of the Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership (IHPL) from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Association of Schools of Public Health.   She has been active in ministry for thirty-one (31) years. Her extensive ministry experience began in New Jersey where she taught Sunday School for primaries.  She co-created and developed curriculum for children/teens, and has facilitated teacher-training workshops for various churches to better equip staff to teach more effectively.  In 1987 she began serving in women's ministry as a facilitator for women's retreats and seminars.  In 1991 God called Pastor Sharen and her husband for a work in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where they resided for twenty (20) years.  She and her husband have two (2) adult sons Jay (Ramira) and Jerius, and  four grandchildren. Pastor Sharen received her ministerial license in 1998 and earned her ordination in 2000.  She taught and ministered while at JCC, and  continues to co-facilitate marriage classes (www.webebuds.org),  provide pre-marital and post-marital counseling, and co-write monthly mini-sermons on their website www.lightseyministries.org. In 2007, Pastor Sharen launched a ministry at JCC to address and educate the community in the prevention of HIV/AIDS.  She was appointed by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to serve on the newly formed HIV/AIDS Minority Taskforce. In addition, Pastor Sharen owns an accounting firm, Numbers 2 Numbers, Inc.  The company provides general accounting, payroll, tax, and consulting services. She has worked in various facets of business.  She and Dr. Lightsey facilitated business training seminars through their business consulting company, Higher Ground Marketing Group where she assisted in cultural diversity training for the Pine Bluff Police Department.  Additionally, Pastor Sharen has provided financial training workshops for local churches and civic groups. She has also been an adjunct professor at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock. Pastor Sharen and Dr. Lightsey have been married for thirty-three  (33) years.