Rev. Sarah Heath
Sarah Heath is an artist, writer, speaker, and pastor in the United Methodist Church, where she serves at Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Southern California.
Born in Newfoundland, Canada, Sarah was raised in Ontario until her family moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1994, where she lived the rest of her childhood. Keeping close to her newfound southern roots, Sarah received her B.S. in Psychology and Biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Hearing the call to ministry, Sarah earned her M.Div from Duke Divinity School in 2005.
Sarah loves sharing insights on faith, culture and navigating the changing world of ‘church’ when you don’t fit in. She’s contributed to Disquiet Time, Sojourners, and the popular web show “The Committee”- Chuck Knows Church.
Sarah’s passions include music, traveling, acting, art, and sports. Her biggest blessings are her random assortment of talented friends and her amazing mutt, Tenor (who seems to steal the spotlight, but she forgives him).
Leading From Who You Are:
Your Unique Path to Unmistakable Presence
For years, Sarah was a minister who struggled to fit in. Boxed in by conventional ministry structures, she was focused on what she wasn’t and felt like a failure – she was even considering walking away altogether. Then one day – at a gathering of creatives hosted by Rob Bell of all people – a single statement changed the way Sarah looks at her ministry and even herself. “Stop telling me who you’re not,” Rob told her. “That’s boring. But who you are? Ah – now that’s interesting.” Since that pivotal moment, Sarah’s passion and purpose is connecting people with the startling truth that who they are is not only interesting, but needed and gifted by God. Sarah brings humor, insight, disarming candor and her unique history to empowering hearers in finding their own authentic leadership groove.