Sara Isbell



Chatham UMC

Pastoral History

Ordained Elder: 2006
Serving: Chatham UMC
Prior Appointments:  Decatur Grace (Associate)
Relevant Leadership Roles:  Worship Chair, Sessions Committee; Worship Faculty, License to Preach School; IGRC Board of Church & Society; Christian Response to Violence Task Force; District Committee on Ministry; Committee on Episcopacy; NCJ Committee on Episcopacy
Experience: Previous delegate, General and Jurisdictional Conferences
Gifts and Passions: Worship/Music; Teaching/Bible Study; Compassion/Pastoral Care; Ecumenical/Interfaith Relations
Other: G-ETS Board of Trustees; Wesley Foundation UIUC Corporation
Personal Statement: The UMC is my home and my family. The Church has always offered me unconditional love, affirmation, encouragement, and help in hearing my call from God. I am very proud when my family bears witness to the grace of God by welcoming all people to the Table of Grace. The church family sometimes experiences tension and conflict, but I believe God welcomes all of us with our different voices, perspectives, socio-political locations, readings of Scripture, and experiences, to come to the Table together to listen, learn and love. I would be honored to gather with my brothers and sisters at General Conference to "work out our salvation together, with fear and trembling," and to hear God's word for the Church today.  Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our best witness to that mission is to love, honor and respect one another as we reach out in faith to bring hope to a hurting world.

PE, 2003
FE, 2006
2003 Decatur: Grace (Assoc)
2007 (Nov 1) Chatham