Thank you for visiting Preaching In Pumps! My name is Sarah Weaver – I am an ordained minister, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and an imperfect person touched by God’s grace. I like to read, run, write, re-decorate, take pictures and sing showtunes at the top of my lungs.
I also like to preach. In pumps. One day I’d love to write a book about what it was like to be a 26-year-old newly-ordained female pastor that was only 5’5″ in a world that seemed to be full of tall middle-aged white men, but, if I’m being honest, I think I am still kind of living it (except that I’m not 26 anymore). Hence the incessant need to wear heels AND the inspiration for my blog URL.
In the meantime, I created this blog to post my weekly sermons, but I will also share the occasional poem, prayer, liturgy, photograph, book worship service or story that seems blog-worthy. Please feel free to comment on what you see and what you’d like to see. And please, please, PLEASE feel free to use anything that you see or adapt it for your setting. Cite where you found it, of course, but my best thinking happens in collaboration and I hope you can find that here!
If you’re the nosy type, here’s a little bit of information about me …
I am a fourth-generation clergy that has roots in the United Church of Christ and the Hungarian Reformed Church (shout out to the Calvin Synod!). My mom is a retired UCC pastor and my grandfather and great-grandfather were also ordained clergy. So was my great-uncle. It’s in our blood.
I was born and raised in New Milford, Connecticut (a New England girl at heart!). After high school, I attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Religion. While I was at Ursinus, I served as the president of the college chapel, was on staff at Leadership Now: Spiritual Formation with Youth through Lancaster Theological Seminary and was selected to be an undergraduate fellow through the Fund for Theological Education’s Undergraduate Fellowship Program. I was always (and am still) something of a church nerd. I regularly turned down a Saturday night out with my friends because I was preaching in chapel in the morning. The night I turned 21, my friends all got drunk for me while I wrote my sermon for the next day.
In 2007, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to begin my seminary studies at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. With a concentration in Leadership in Church & Community, I was able to take both a classroom and hands-on approach to learning. In addition to my studies, I interned at the Elizabeth Inn Emergency Shelter at MUST Ministries and Pilgrimage United Church of Christ in Marietta, Georgia. Both experiences were unbelievably transformative!
In May of 2010, I graduated from Candler and immediately began an intensive unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, serving as a chaplain at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. I never ever ever EVER wanted to do a chaplaincy rotation at a hospital and somehow ended up with level 1 trauma. What is that saying about we plan, God laughs? I’m still learning lessons from my time at Grady.
In December of 2010, I passed my Ecclesiastical Council through the Litchfield North Association of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, entered the Search & Call process in the UCC and, less than two months later, accepted a call to the Rehoboth Congregational Church in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
I was ordained on April 10, 2011, shortly after I started at RCC.
So that brings me to today! RCC is a (nearly) 300-year-old congregation that cares deeply about preserving history while still moving forward. If you are in the area, please stop by! Check out our Facebook page for more information about worship times and other activities.
If you ever hear me talking about Bruce, here is a face to go with the name:
Bruce is my husband, my best friend and my person. We have been married since 2009 and not only is he is my biggest supporter, but he also handles the role of “pastor’s wife” (his terminology, not mine) like a champ. It is not easy being married to a pastor and he handles it with such grace. If he is not singing in the choir or making lemonade at church, you can probably find him either with a fishing rod in his hand …
… or fixing up our 150 year old that we lost our minds and bought in 2018.
And saving the most adorable for last …
This is our son, Harrison, who we welcomed into the world in June 2017. He’s settled in the role of PK and loves his RCC church family just as much as they love him.
Any other questions? Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or peak into my life on Instagram (@revsarahweaver).