REVERAND SARA BARTLETT
Rev. Sara Bartlett comes to us as one who was shaped by the Maine Conference. Sara grew up in the North Yarmouth Congregational Church where she attended Sunday School, and youth group. During these years, she also went to Pilgrim Lodge, and was a member of the State Youth Council.
As a child, Sara would often spend time preaching to her stuffed animals, questioning her pastor (why aren’t dinosaurs in the Bible?) and getting herself into trouble looking for frogs in the church’s window wells.
As time went on, she graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in history, and minoring in education. After twelve years as a licensed social worker in Maine, Sara felt the call from God become stronger and she entered seminary, commuting from Auburn to the Boston area, where she graduated from Andover Newton Seminary (now Andover Newton at Yale Seminary). During this time in seminary, Sara was the Christian Education Director at Old South Church in Hallowell, the youth group leader at First Congregational Church in Cumberland, and completed advanced field education at the Foreside Community Church. She also ministered with people at Grace Street Ministry and through that work, earned an award for social justice.
After graduation Sara was the Youth Ministry Director at the South Portland Congregational Church, and the pastor at Alfred Parish Church. Most recently she has been doing pulpit supply at Stevens Avenue Congregational Church.
Sara is a member of the Maine Conference Board where her major responsibility is co-coordinating the Maine Conference Annual meeting. Since the arrival of COVID, Sara has been a volunteer chaplain working with folks impacted by the disease. She is now on the Board of the Maine Spiritual Care Services and serves on the city of Auburn’ ethics committee.
Sara’s husband, Jeremiah, is the city of Portland’s Transportation Systems Engineer, and as a young adult was active in the Unitarian Universalist Association, and World Peace Camp. Jeremiah volunteers his time with the City of Auburn in their Complete Streets Committee as well as the Comprehensive Planning Committee.
Their oldest son Josh will be a freshman at the University of Southern Maine where he will be majoring in Math within the honors program. Josh is also a member of the Outdoor Ministry Team, and served on the previous Pilgrim Lodge Director Search Committee.
Tristan is the youngest son, and he will be entering fourth grade at Park Avenue School. Tristan loves to make his own creations, and ask lots of questions!
We are grateful that God has led Sara to us, and are excited about the pastoral gifts that Sara will bring to our church family and community.