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Meet Our Pastor

Sarah Locke is new to the Hickory community, arriving this June of 2019.

A Native of Gloucester, VA, she is overjoyed to move back to the water. She and her family moved here from Staunton, VA, which has been their home for the past nine years.

While finishing a B.S. in Biology from The College of William and Mary, Sarah felt a call to ministry in the local church. Sarah is a graduate The Divinity School at Duke University, where she received her M.Div. She is an ordained elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has served in two other appointments, as Associate Pastor at Calvary UMC in Stuarts Draft, VA and Pastor at Christ UMC in Staunton, VA.

Sarah has a passion for helping people deepen their spiritual walk with Christ and for connecting the church with its community. With gifts in preaching and teaching, she finds creative ways to help people connect with the word of God. From Sunday worship to online Bible studies, Sarah loves to help people dive deeper in their faith. She volunteers regularly at the local elementary school and seeks to help the church to build partnerships for ministry within the community!

Sarah and her husband Joseph (Adjunct Professor of History and Religion) have five children who keep their lives full of joy and craziness!

Their family seeks to be in ministry together, loving and caring for everyone they meet!

You can reach Pastor Sarah at sarahlocke@vaumc.org