on faculty since 2009
M.A., National Louis University, Wheaton, Illinois, 2000
B.S., Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois, 1993
Sharon Ostema’s passion for physical education goes hand in hand with her appreciation for the intricacies of the human body as a work of the Creator. “In the discipline of Physical Education and Health, it is easy to speak of the handiwork of our Lord. It is exhibited in every part of our bodies and how all of our systems work together and complement each other perfectly,” said Ostema. “The Bible tells us our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit and therefore we need to care for it in this manner, not for the sake of man, but as an act of worship to our Creator and Lord.”
Physical education is much more than a discipline of sports for Ostema. In her 10 years of experience in both teaching and coaching in the public schools, she has realized just how difficult it is to teach Physical Education and Health without addressing the wonder of it all and the power of God. For Ostema, the classroom provides an opportunity to consider our bodies in light of Scripture.
Ostema’s goal in the classroom is to produce Christian educators who will redeem the profession of physical education for Christ. “We live in a time when our society seeks its own agenda and rejects the things of God. We have become a nation and world that does not place any emphasis on listening to God’s call,” said Ostema. It is out of this deep concern that she strives to redeem the field of physical education as the playing field of the Creator, teaching her students to first look for the handiwork of the Lord in themselves and secondly to approach each of their future students as works of the Creator.
“In any discipline, I believe we can witness the perfect plan, organization, and power of our Mighty Father. As we continue to study and understand the human body, we can see the touch of the Creator who has placed within us a deep desire to know him and his will for our lives,” said Ostema. “God calls each of us, no matter what discipline, to proclaim his name to all of mankind in order for all men to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
Ostema and her family attend Firehouse Chapel in Orland Park where she teaches Sunday school and leads a women’s Bible study. Ostema is also a leader in the church body, taking seriously her call to be a light not just to her family and friends but to all those around her, especially those who do not know Christ.