Sarah Griffith Lund
I was that kid who the teacher called on to stay inside during recess to help students who needed extra time taking tests. No wonder I grew up to be a minister! Ever since college I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to serving God and helping others. I majored in religious studies in college at Trinity University, graduated with a Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, and also received a Master of Social Work degree at Rutger’s University. Ministry and Social Work blend together my two passions of loving God and loving my neighbors. I was ordained into Christian ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2002 and began serving as a local church pastor in 2003. I’ve served large and small congregations in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Indianapolis, Indiana.
In 2011 I earned my Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary with a focus on revitalizing the local church. My thesis is entitled, “The Challenges to Building a Beloved Community on Facebook.” I served the church as a Regional Minister, providing support and guidance to dozens of congregations in the United Church of Christ throughout central and western Florida. From 2014-2018, I served as Vice President for Seminary Advancement at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.
In 2018, I was called to serve as the first woman Senior Pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ of Indianapolis. In addition, I serve on the National Staff of The United Church of Christ as the Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice.
I am excited about sharing part of the story about my family, faith, and mental illness with the world in my book Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family, and Church. (2014, Chalice Press). I continue to be amazed at the resilience and strength of family bonds, as I give thanks for my own family nearly every day.
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