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, and assisted families in the midst of decisions about organ donation. Currently, I split my time between Land of the Sky and the Center for Progressive Renewal where I serve as the Director of New Church Initiatives.

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!