Dear Saints,

Following several months of search and discernment, we are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Associate Rector for Young Adults & Innovation, The Rev. Sarah C. Stewart. Sarah will focus her work with us on young adult ministries, college student ministry, and innovative ministries at All Saints’ including small groups, a missional church internship program, and work in collaboration with other faith communities in Atlanta. She will also serve alongside the other associate rectors taking a full part in the liturgical and pastoral life of our parish.
Sarah comes to us from Wichita, Kansas, where she currently serves as Associate Rector at St. James Episcopal Church and has focused on growing an inter-generational community through outreach and innovative programming for youth and young adults. She brings with her experience in urban ministry from her time as a Rockwell Fellow at St. James' Church in New York City and as a Deacon at St. Peter's in Cheshire, Connecticut, as well as an understanding of the competitive corporate environment from her previous career as a financial consultant with Charles Schwab.

Below is a letter from Sarah to the parish offering her own introduction:
Dear Saints,

 I am excited to join you as your Associate Rector for Young Adults & Innovation.  Decades of cross-country moves, transcontinental travels, and vocational adventures have taught me to embrace God’s invitations to participate in divine experiments, ever unfolding in our world, with curiosity and joy. My bi-coastal upbringing (born in Annapolis, raised in Northern California) deeply inscribed my love of sand and surf. I relished my spot on the athletic field, as girls' soccer took the Bay Area by storm. Family sojourns in upstate New York and rural Alabama piqued my passion for the piano and determination to garden, even in tricky soil. As the eldest of six children within a multi-generational military family, I found the challenges of frequent relocation instrumental to learning how to forge communal connections in new spaces, discovering that resilient strength fiercely described by Maya Angelou: “You are only free when you belong no place—you belong every place—no place at all." Between years of delving into poetry, theology, archaeology, and biblical studies, earning degrees at Colorado Christian University and Yale Divinity School, I cultivated a meaningful business career. I served as a financial consultant with a national investment firm, advising retail clients on their portfolios.

My journey of faith showcases the Holy Spirit’s ironic sense of humor, shaping creativity for translating the Good News of God's love into diverse contexts, stretching from Manhattan’s towering skyline to the spacious skies of the Sunflower State. I'm excited to return to the South. If you share my appetite for exploring—farmers' markets, music scenes, and outdoor activities—don’t miss the chance to help me get acclimated to Atlanta, where God’s world is humming with fresh energy.

Gratefully,

Sarah+
I am deeply grateful for the search committee of parishioners who discerned Sarah’s call with me under the leadership of Virginia Harrison. Sarah's first Sunday with us will be June 16. Please offer her your support, prayers, and encouragement as she moves from Wichita to Atlanta and begins her ministry here at All Saints'.

Peace,
Simon+
All Saints' Episcopal Church
634 W. Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
(404)881-0835