Rev. Sara Wilcox


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I’m lucky to have grown up in a family where I was told I could be anything I wanted to be, but sometimes what we see as possible is limited by what we’ve known. I was mid-way through a graduate program in political science on my way to being a college professor, when I discerned my call to ministry. I had imagined myself as a lawyer and a professor, but had never been in the presence of a woman minister and never considered I would serve in such a capacity. When I came to the United Church of Christ, I was blessed to be in the presence of ministers from all walks of life who opened my eyes and my heart to God’s call on my life.

I attended Chicago Theological Seminary where my faith was challenged; I was given the invaluable opportunity to ask questions and seek answers while learning to live in the uncertainty that often comes from a well-examined faith. Open to the holy mystery of our faith, there is much I am certain about. The foundation of my faith is the love and grace of God made known in Jesus Christ, which I’ve seen throughout my life and I see it at work in the world each and every day.

Since my seminary education, I have served in pastoral leadership in a variety of church families, served as a chaplain to patients and their families at Mission Hospital, assisted families in the midst of decisions about organ donation, and served as the Director of New Church Initiatives for the Center for Progressive Renewal. I am an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation.

I am blessed by the love of my partner and friend, Jeff and our daughters, Anna and Ella. We live in East Asheville. I love cooking and baking, enjoying culinary delights, keeping in touch with friends and family, and have been known to watch too much television. This community of faith has blossomed into a congregation that is more than I could have ever imagined.  I am so grateful for all that the United Church of Christ has to offer-a place to ask questions, to honor diversity and to be transformed by the powerful love of Christ. Come join us as we journey together!