Dr. Curt Scarborough, founder
and Chancellor of the Pillsbury College & Seminary, was born in Benton, Illinois in 1935. The
son of a coal miner, he is an alumnus of Southern Illinois
University, and he earned his professional degrees from
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds
several other graduate and post-graduate degrees, including
the D.Min., C.Ed.D., C.Psy.D., D.Appl.Chr. and a Ph.D. in Educational
Administration from Columbia Pacific University. He also
has been presented two honorary doctorates: Litt.D. and S.T.D.
After 21 years as a minister in
Baptist churches in Illinois, Texas, and Missouri, Dr. Curt
joined FreeWay Foundation as Vice President and Director of
Education in 1975. He was promoted to President and Chief
Executive Officer in 1983 and retired in 2007 after 32
years of service. Under his leadership, FreeWay
Foundation in 1992 launched Pillsbury College & Seminary, "The distance learning graduate school with
the personal touch".
Additionally, Dr. Curt has served in
many civic and volunteer roles, including as executive
director of the American Council on Alcohol Problems for
eleven years. He has authored more than 50 books,
including Personal & Practical, the 5-volume devotional
commentary on all 1,189 chapters of the Old and New
Testaments, which serve as the textbooks used in Pillsbury's Biblical Studies and Spiritual Mentoring
tracks. Hundreds of his essays, feature articles,
devotional meditations, and short stories have been
published in national monthly magazines and religious
Curt and his wife, RuthAnn, make their
home in St. Charles, Missouri. They are the proud parents
of two married children, grandparents of seven
grandchildren, and devoted caregivers to a rescued retired
racing greyhound named Dolly.
Dr. Sharon J. Bartlett, academic dean of the Pillsbury
College & Seminary, is a native of the Missouri Bootheel, born
and reared in Malden. She earned a B.A. degree from National-Louis
University, a Master of Ministry and a Doctor of Ministry from Pillsbury
College & Seminary, as well as a C.Psy.D. in Christian Counseling
Psychology. She completed additional studies at the University
of Utah and Governor's State University, Illinois.
Dr. Sharon now also serves
as Senior Vice President and CFO of FreeWay Foundation. She joined the staff of that ministry in 1977. As a teacher, she has conducted more than
1,000 seminars and workshops, and was honored as "Educator of the
In addition to her many
humanitarian contributions through her work with Pillsbury College & Seminary, "The distance learning
graduate school with the personal touch," Sharon has served in many
outside philanthropic roles, including as a member of the Missouri Governor's
Task Force on Health Education for Children, and as a member of the executive
committee of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Federation of Parents.
Sharon is the proud parent of two married children,
and grandparent of five. She resides in St.
Dr. Dawn Pahl
Dr. Dawn Pahl, a native of South Africa, earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Nursing. She served many years in that profession, as well as teaching at Nursing Colleges and Universities. In 1991, she founded the Rest-a-While Cancer Ministries, a 40-bed hospice where she served as director for 17 years.
In 2007, Dawn and one of her three adult sons moved to Ecuador, and she enrolled as a distance learning student at Pillsbury College & Seminary. Completing her master's programs in Biblical Studies, she has now earned both the Doctor of Ministry and the Doctor of Theology degrees, completing her 1,200-page dissertation: expository studies on every chapter of every book in the Old and New Testaments. Earlier this year, she founded the Cotacachi Bible College, where she serves as Chancellor and Bible teacher. She resided in St. Louis temporarily and now serves as Pillsbury’s Vice Chancellor for International Operations.