OUR PASTOR & TEACHER

Rev. Sarah TevisTownes

 

 

PASTOR SARAH

Rev. Sarah joined the COGS ministry team in January of 2013 as Pastor of Christian Education and Community Life. On May 1, 2015, we embraced her as our full-time Pastor and Teacher.


She celebrates being a spouse and the parent of two active teenagers. She is an avid outdoors woman and when time permits, you'll find her rock climbing or hiking.


Pastor Sarah can be found working, preaching and teaching accompanied by her service dog Molly. 


Prior to her pastoral mission with us, she was active in pastoral work in Rhode Island and Northern California. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, which is part of the Graduate Theological Union.


Associate Minister- 2009 - 2013

Central Congregational Church in Providence, RI

During this time, she provided pastoral care to members; preached monthly; built a youth program; facilitated committee meetings; coordinated programs across the RI Conference; lead annual adult service trips to Haiti; worked full-time as a solo pastor for three months while the other two pastors were away on sabbatical; lead annual youth service trips; collaborated with music and pastoral staff; collaborated with church leadership


2007-2008 - Ministry Intern at Lafayette Christian Church in Lafayette, CA. She preached; lead worship; co-lead a multi-church youth group and accompanied the church through a major building program


2002 - 2004 - Coordinator for Colvig Silver Camps in Durango, CO. 

She mentored and supervised a staff of 8-10; coordinated all programming for the 11-13-year-old age group; guided desert and high-alpine backpacking trips lasting 3-5 days; built community within the girls' program and between the girls' and boys' programs; developed original programming in the areas of art, music, and environmental studies


2004-2005 - Case Manager and AmeriCorps Volunteer

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

Recruited and interviewed high school volunteers and matched high school mentors with elementary students; planned, facilitated, and supervised after-school literacy programs for matches; collaborated on programming with other AmeriCorps members and school faculty; trained and coached mentors in effective teaching and mentoring techniques; served as a liaison between Spanish-speaking mentors, students, and families; started a summer arts camp at low-income housing project; coordinated an…


2003-2004 Teacher, Coach, Campus Minister, Worship Leader, Jesuit Volunteer

Pohnpei Agriculture and Trade School

Pohnpei, Micronesia

Served as a campus minister, planning retreats and participating daily worship services; mentored teachers and student worship leaders; preached homilies at morning and weekend services; collaborated with an international, multi-cultural staff; taught English grammar, conversation, writing, reading, geography to 9th and 10th grade students; developed and implemented a 9th- and 10th-grade English as a Second Language curriculum; wrote innovative lesson plans in a low-budget environment without…


2001 - Research Associate

Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Washingotn, DC

Researched and authored academic pieces for the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a Washington-based think tank focusing on Latin American and inter-American issues; interviewed and communicated with political leaders from the United States and Latin America; designed, edited, and produced the Washington Report on the Hemisphere; authored press releases and editorials published in the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, the Congressional Record and the Miami Herald.


Education

Pacific School of Religion

Master of Divinity (MDiv)Spirituality and Practice

2005 - 2009

Activities and Societies: Seminarians for Worker Justice, Dismantling Racism Committee


Duke University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)Spanish (Latin American Studies), Political Science (International Relations)

1999 - 2003

Activities and Societies: Westminster Presbyterian and UCC Fellowship, Students Against Sweatshops, Students of Faith for Peace, Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., Club Basketball, Sabrosura Latin Dance Group, Mi Gente, Students for Worker Justice, Interfaith Working Group, Brownstone House