Sharon Cracknell

Sharon's career in education spans over 35 years. She began teaching with the Durham Board of Education at Port Perry High School in the late 1970's. When her family relocated to the Toronto area, she decided to move from the public sector to Christian education, and worked for the next 25 years at Peoples Christian Academy in Toronto. She served there as a teacher, Department Head, Vice-Principal and Principal in the High School. Most recently Sharon has completed a contract with a multinational development and relief organization where she was involved in developing, implementing and monitoring strategic and operational plans for their international work. She continues to serve on two boards; an international non-profit and a Canadian not-for-profit organization.

In 2010, Sharon and her husband (Phil Manning) launched their consulting business, Cracknell & Manning Services & Consulting, which is designed to provide a wide range of services and resources to Christian ministries. One of her major projects during 2010/2011 was to lay the groundwork for the launching of a private Classical Christian school in Toronto. She has also consulted with schools, churches and other ministries to provide consultation and resources for strategic planning, succession planning, curriculum development, and leadership development. Sharon received her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University, and her ACSI Principal Qualifications at Redeemer University.

Sharon and Phil live in Pickering, where they enjoy their blended family of four grown boys (and three lovely daughters-in-law), one daughter, and one adorable grandson.

Phil Manning
Musician/Producer/Bandleader/Worship Leader

Phil's music career began in his pre-teens, playing and singing gospel music with his family at churches, camps and rallies. Phil has worked full and part-time as a professional entertainer since the mid-1970s. Since then he has gained valuable experience in the varied facets of the industry from live performance and television broadcast to recording, arranging and producing, both freelance and in his own facilities. Phil also spent six years in management of the audio division of Westbury National Show Systems, one of Canada's premier sound and light companies. Within the church, Phil has served as deacon, children's ministries superintendent, youth/college & careers minister, worship service director and worship leader. For over 15 years Phil has been consulting and conducting seminars and workshops in the area of worship arts, sound reinforcement and lyric writing.

Phil currently remains active in industry-related areas including piano tuning/repair/maintenance, vintage electronic keyboard instruments for hire, and music & audio production.

Sharon and Phil at "Sanctuary"

Sharon and Phil are supporters of a Toronto inner-city community known as Sanctuary. They attend a weekly Christian worship gathering there each Sunday at 5:00pm where Phil plays his Hammond organ along with the house worship band. Sharon and Phil also provide practical and financial support as they are able. To know more about Sanctuary click here.