1947 – 2016

It does not seem possible that our friend, mentor, colleague, leader, and passionate supporter of Children of Promise has left us for eternity. We are deeply grieved, but equally deeply grateful for the life that was lived with and before us in Sharon Skaggs.

Sharon passionately served the children around the world that we all serve. While employed at Church of God Ministries in the Global Missions department (now Global Strategy), Sharon served on the Children of Promise Board of Directors for 15 years! She served with humility and a determined spirit to give children the best possible assistance. She loved and deeply appreciated the work of the COP Directors, staff, and volunteers.

During the last year, Sharon worked as an office associate at Children of Promise. She processed all the countries’ financial reports. She also served as a receptionist at COP, answering phone calls, greeting people, and answering questions. She worked closely with Vicky Creamer in processing the applications for new children, as well as creating the profile folder for each child that eventually goes to the sponsor. Sharon was a committed advocate for Children of Promise, telling people about the program and encouraging them to sponsor.

Sharon believed in the Children of Promise program sincerely and deeply. In 2013, she, along with Dorothy Hampton, arranged for, set up, and served the meals for two weeks (3 meals per day) for the Children of Promise directors from around the world during the Director’s Conference. She loved doing that! She told me so many times how wonderful it was to serve the directors who worked so tirelessly on behalf of the children.

Sharon had moved to Oregon in September 2015 to be near her sisters and other family members. She loved her new life. For that, we are so grateful.

We have lost a friend, a supporter, a leader, an advocate, and a role model. She worked tirelessly for the sponsored children.

Please join us in thanking God for her life, and in praying for her children, Jamie Skaggs Nachtigall (Germany) and Byron Skaggs (Egypt), and their families. She loved them so deeply and proudly.

Dr. Paul Maxfield, Executive Director

Children of Promise



Sharon E. Skaggs 

Sharon Elaine Skaggs passed away unexpectedly in Salem, Oregon on Friday, January 8, 2016. Born to Ed and Marilyn Gossen on January 9, 1947, she lived a full life characterized by her service to others. Sharon grew up on a farm in South Dakota and, after graduating from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, financially managed The Double K Ranch, a non-profit organization providing alternative care to troubled teens in Washington State. From 1981 – 1991 she and her family lived in Cairo, Egypt serving the church community throughout Egypt.

She was a loving caretaker and primary support for her late husband, Russell Skaggs, in his battle with cancer from 1988-1993. After his passing, Sharon continued serving others, working in missionary care through Global Missions (now Global Strategy) of Church of God Ministries in Anderson, Indiana. She served in many roles in Global Missions, including Living Link Coordinator, Director of Personnel and head of Finance and retired in 2011, having served the organization and the greater church for 30 years.

Sharon served on the Children of Promise Board of Directors for 15 years.  She also served on the staff of Children of Promise for much of 2015.  Even in retirement, Sharon was actively involved with the local food pantry and traveled internationally as a volunteer for Children of Promise.  Sharon recently moved to Salem, Oregon to be closer to family. She had already begun to serve in another local food pantry and anticipated more international travels.

Sharon is preceded in death by her husband, Russell Skaggs, parents, Edwin and Marilyn Gossen and in-laws, Wilbur and Evelyn Skaggs.

She is survived by her son and wife, Byron and Jennifer Skaggs of Cairo, Egypt and daughter and husband, Jamie and Patrick Nachtigall of Badenweiler, Germany as well as three grandchildren, Jonathan and Aubrianna Skaggs, Marco Nachtigall, five sisters and brother, spouses, sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Tribute to Sharon Skaggs by Patrick Nachtigall – This tribute was written by Sharon’s son-in-law and posted to FaceBook on January 19, 2016.


Memorial Services

Occasions to celebrate the life and legacy of Sharon Skaggs:

Memorial Service:  Saturday, February 6, 1:00 pm at Mt. Scott Church of God, 10603 SE Henderson Street, Portland, Oregon

Memorial Service:  Monday, February 8, 1:00 pm at Park Place Church of God, 501 College Drive, Anderson, Indiana.  Visitation will follow the service in the Bessie Byrum Lounge of Park Place Church of God, 5th Street & College Drive.

Cards for the family may be sent to: 1416 Cunningham Ln S, Salem, OR 97302 USA


In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial gifts to the organizations Sharon loved and to which she committed her own time and resources:


Children of Promise

Designate:  Sharon Skaggs Memorial Contribution

P.O. Box 2316, Anderson, IN 46018 USA


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Park Place Church of God

Designate: Park Place Food Pantry

501 College Dr, Anderson, IN 46012 USA


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Global Strategy, Church of God Ministries

Designate:  Sharon Skaggs Memorial Contribution – for the sending of new missionaries

P.O. Box 2420, Anderson, IN 46018 USA


Give Online  At drop down menu at bottom of the page, select “Sharon Skaggs Memorial Contribution (42.20010).