Prof Scharffenberg has been assitant secretary of the General Conference Health Ministries Department and is still listed as a Professor of Nutrition at Loma Linda's School of Public Health at 88 years of age. He has been on the Loma Linda faculty for over 55 years and started 7 new courses at the School of Public Health, including one on Adventist Philosophy on Nutrition, presenting Spirit of Prophecy counsels on diet. He has been involved as director of or consultant to numerous entities including the Inter-departmental Committee on Nutrition of National Defense (National Institue of Health) and California State Dept of Health and Center of Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate from the Loma Linda University Medical School when it was called the College of Medical Evangelists. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's School of Public Health with a major in nutrition where he was honoured by inclusion in the Delta Omega Society.