Rev. Sarah Heath is an ordained elder serving as the Lead Pastor of a Re-Start congregation First UMC Costa Mesa [www.costamesafirst.com]. Though Sarah was born in Newfoundland, Canada, she was raised in Ontario until her family moved to the Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1994 where she lived the rest of her childhood. Keeping close to her newfound, southern roots, Sarah attended the University of Southern Mississippi after high school graduation where she received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology. Hearing the call to ministry, Sarah attended Duke Divinity School where she earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2005. A call to youth and campus ministry led her to Irvine, California. There, Sarah served in ministry to college students at UC Irvine and served as associate pastor for a local UMC.
Sarah is often a guest writer for various publications, websites, and blogs where she shares insights on the topics of making faith relevant in our modern society and negotiating faith with church – How does faith “work,” grow, and be sustained when you don’t fit into the average church? Her first solo book “What’s your story? Seeing your life through God’s eyes”(Abington Press) comes out in April 2017 [http://www.abingdonpress.com/sarah_heath]