Taking a step of faith
Sarah Thomas Baldwin joins George Fox as the new campus pastor.
Sarah Baldwin begins her next “incredible adventure of faith” as the university’s new campus pastor this semester. Baldwin, formerly adjunct professor of Christian ministries at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., and director of campus and guest relations at Asbury Theological Seminary, envisions helping George Fox students experience the university as a lifegiving place, where wholeness and holiness are modeled.
“I am a pastor at the core of who I am,” she says. “At every angle, I have had tremendous opportunity to live into that call — in leadership, speaking, committee work, visioning. All have prepared me for the next step. I sense a stirring of God to be about new things for the kingdom, and I believe campus ministry lies at the center of this direction.”
Baldwin, 33, earned a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Asbury College in 1993. She has been a retreat, workshop, and chapel speaker, and has taken missions trips to Hong Kong, Thailand, Guatemala, and India.
At Asbury Theological Seminary, Baldwin helped organize major conferences, oversaw the expansion of the hospitality department, and led efforts of reconciliation in the areas of gender, race, and socioeconomic class. Since 2002, she taught at Asbury College, and from 1997 to 2001, she was a resident director for two residence halls at that school.
Baldwin says she was attracted to George Fox because of its commitment to academic excellence, its emphasis on being global Christians, and the university’s integration of faith at every level. “I greatly respect the Quaker tradition and its emphasis on social justice, peace, and spiritual formation,” she says.
Even before she arrived at George Fox in August, Baldwin knew she was making the right move.
“I have felt embraced and welcomed,” she said. “This community has given me added confirmation that this is the place God wants us.”
Baldwin and her husband, Clint, have a 5-year-old daughter, Madeline. Baldwin succeeds Gregg Lamm, campus pastor since 1991. He left to seek a church pastoral position in the region.