Pastor Sharon Janot hails from the state of Wisconsin. She was raised in Racine—a city known for its Danish connections—where Kringle was regularly served at parties and where a model ship hangs at the head of the aisle of Lutheran congregations with Danish ties. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie where she received a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Psychology in 1983. During her college years she was very active in campus ministry as a peer minister and worship leader. She also was a Resident Advisor for two years. These experiences helped in discerning a call from God to ordained ministry. Pastor Sharon attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in Hyde Park, earning the Master of Divinity in the spring of 1987. She has served congregations in New York (Long Island) and (southeast) Michigan.
Pastor Sharon began her ministry at Abiding Presence as a transition pastor in February 2012 during a pastoral vacancy. She received and accepted the call to serve as Pastor in October of 2012. What brings her joy in ministry is leading worship, helping others learn more about scripture and the life of faith, and supporting the discipleship of those who are a part of Abiding Presence. She is a trained labyrinth facilitator, using the labyrinth as a tool for prayer.
In May 2017 Pastor Sharon married her long-time partner, Karin Cavanaugh, at a joy-filled service at Abiding Presence. Together they live in Rochester Hills and enjoy the company of their three miniature Schnauzers–Jodi, Izzy and Winnie. She enjoys gardening, knitting, reading, traveling, and visiting art museums in her spare time.
Julie Cavellier is the Director of Operations at Abiding Presence. She grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She joined Abiding Presence in 2015 when her family moved to Rochester Hills from West Chester, OH.
Beth Banks is the administrative assistant at Abiding Presence. She prepares the Sunday bulletins and announcements along with keeping member records and helping the office running smoothly. Beth grew up in Negaunee, which is located in the upper peninsula of Michigan. She graduated from Oakland University with a degree in communication. Beth and her husband joined Abiding Presence in 2012 and have been active members in the church ever since.