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Meet Sharon Hargrave

Sharon Hargrave

Sharon Hargrave, a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in couples, families, and intergenerational issues, is the executive director of the Boone Center for the Family, an organization established by the university in 1996 as a supportive force to help strengthen and promote healthy families.

"Pepperdine prides itself on its Christian heritage and its commitment to fostering healthy moral relationships leading to strong marriages and families," says former president Andy Benton. "As such, we are blessed to have acquired the skills and talents of such an accomplished marriage and family expert as Sharon. We are confident that she will both strengthen and enhance the Boone Center's mission."

Hargrave currently serves at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she is the founder and director of RelateStrong (RelateStrong | Couples was formerly known as MarriageStrong) — a program designed to help couples and individuals prepare their relationships for life and leadership. She also teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Marriage and Family Therapy department. Through her work as executive director of the Boone Center for the Family, she has been successful in receiving funding for RelateStrong from foundations, grants, and private donors.

A California native who grew up in Texas, Hargrave holds a bachelor's degree from Biola University and a master of arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hargrave and her husband Terry, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, travel and speak nationally and internationally about marriage, forgiveness, and aging and caregiving to both professional audiences and various church and religious organizations.

The Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine was established through the inspiration and foundation of M. Norvel and Helen Young and endowed by Pat and Shirley Boone in 2006. The Center has become an active, vital extension of Pepperdine's Christian mission. Created to provide a supportive force to help strengthen families, it provides practical seminars for marriage enrichment and parenting, as well as trainings for churches, professionals, and lay leaders who reach wider audiences in their communities. The Center is headquartered in the M. Norvel and Helen Young Center on Pepperdine's Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu.

Contact Information

Sharon Hargrave
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90263
Phone: 310.506.8558
Email: sharon.hargrave@pepperdine.edu