MEET SARAH

Sarah is a sixth generation Oklahoman.  She comes from a long line of Okies dating back to the inception of the state in the early 1900s.  Growing up in northwest Oklahoma City, she attended Heritage Hall High School.


Sarah was recruited around the country to play softball and landed at the University of Notre Dame.  At Notre Dame she played left field for the Fighting Irish and completed a degree in Catholic Systematic Theology.  After undergraduate studies, she completed a master's degree in Sports Administration at the University of Northern Colorado where she was a volunteer assistant softball coach and a ski instructor at Winter Park Mountain.


Following her year in Colorado, Sarah moved back to South Bend to work in the Office of Student Welfare and Development in the Athletics Department at Notre Dame for four years.  She helped student-athletes with their holistic development including career and leadership programs, alcohol and drug education, and community service projects.  She also served as the advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Notre Dame Christian Athletes. 


Sarah soon felt called back to school to study theology and work on social issues near to her heart.  She wanted to help make the church a safer place for LGBT people.  At Vanderbilt University, Sarah worked as a seminarian intern at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Nashville for two years funded by the Arcus Grant.  Her ministry focus was homelessness.  She assisted in the creation of Launch Pad—grassroots shelters in urban churches—for young adults experiencing homelessness in Nashville.


Sarah completed a master's in Theological Studies at Vanderbilt University with a Carpenter Certificate in Religion Gender and Sexuality in May 2016.  She then spent a brief year in Dayton, Ohio where she coached softball at the University of Dayton and served St. Christopher's Episcopal Church as a guest preacher and pub theologian.


Now back home in OKC, Sarah is in the ordination process as well as the Director of Media & Technology for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma.  She also serves as a facilitator for Pub Theology events for various churches and started the Theosophia Podcast, a platform for women's voices in theology.

 

Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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