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Meet the Staff  

Dr. Curt ScarboroughDr. Curt Scarborough

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 journals.

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 BartlettDr. Sharon Bartlett

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 Year".

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. Charles, Missouri.

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.