Pastor Sarah is passionate about loving God, her family, and being part of faith communities. Her personal mission is to partner with others to share God's healing and hope. Pastor Sarah was called by unanimous vote of the congregation in January of 2018 to serve as our senior pastor. Pastor Sarah also serves the wider church on the National Staff of the United Church of Christ as the Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice.
She is an ordained minister with standing in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served as pastor to churches in Brooklyn, NY, Minneapolis, MN, and New Smyrna Beach, FL. Pastor Sarah also served as Regional Minister for the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ with a focus on congregational vitality, and most recently as Vice President for Advancement at Christian Theological Seminary.
Pastor Sarah's formal education includes degrees from Trinity University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), Rutgers University (MSW), McCormick Theological Seminary (DMin). She has certificates in Fundraising Management from the IUPUI School of Fundraising, Disability Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, and Executive Leadership from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Pastor Sarah is an active community volunteer and serves locally on the board of the Faith and Action Project at Christian Theological Seminary to end poverty and is the UCC Denominational Representative for Bread for the World Indiana Chapter. Pastor Sarah serves nationally as a Trustee of Piedmont University, as a national Board of Director for Mental Health America, and on the Executive Committee of the Board for Pathways to Promise. She serves on the Mental Health Ministry Team for the Indiana-Kentucky Conference UCC. Pastor Sarah is the past President of the Southeast Association of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference UCC.
Pastor Sarah received the Princeton Engle Preaching Prize for excellence in preaching and the Bob and Joyce Dell Award for Mental Health Education from the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network for "her outstanding authorship and leadership in breaking the silence about mental illness in family and in church and offering healing and hope."
Pastor Sarah is a widely published author in journals, magazines, and books. She is the author of the widely regarded books on mental health, Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family and Church (Chalice Press, 2014), Blessed Union: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness and Marriage (Chalice Press, 2021), Blessed Youth: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness with Children and Teens (Chalice Press, 2022), and Blessed Youth Survival Guide (Chalice Press, 2022). She blogs at sarahgriffithlund.com.
Pastor Sarah is married to Jonathan Lund, who is a medical massage therapist and they are the proud parents of their middle school age son Carter. Fia, a boxer/poodle mix and Indy, a goldendoodle, are also a beloved members of their family. As a family the Lunds love to read, go for walks, play games, and travel the world.