I am an ordained elder in the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC). I currently serve as the Lead Pastor of a Re-Start congregation in Costa Mesa- First United Methodist in Costa Mesa. I love speaking to groups of varying sizes all over the United States--and back in my home and native land Canada!
Reverend Sarah Heath is an ordained United Methodist clergywoman. If that isn’t unusual enough, she is also an actress, an author, a dancer, a designer, a podcaster, a self-proclaimed nerd, and a dog mom.
Originally from Canada, Sarah attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology. Hearing the call to ministry, Sarah then attended Duke Divinity School where she earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2005.
Sarah is currently the lead pastor of a very unique church in Southern California that has a single target market – humans, all of them. (It used to be humans and dogs… but, allergies.) She is the host and creator of the Sonderlust podcast and the author of two books -- What's Your Story? and The Authenticity Challenge. She is a featured pastor on Buzzfeed, a spokesperson for World Vision Canada, and restores furniture like nobody’s business. You can follow her interior design tips on Pinterest and Instagram.
Sarah’s work challenges people to tell their story, invite everyone to the table, find restoration instead of demolition, and connect the spiritual with the ordinary.
I have a passion for music, traveling, acting, creating art, designing spaces, watching sports and spending time playing in the gym. All of these eclectic joys make their way into my ministry.
The biggest blessings in my life are my random assortment of talented friends and my amazing mutt of a dog, Tenor. You can usually find Tenor and I enjoying a day off by running along the beach or stand up paddle boarding.
Because I work out in the world so much writing and meeting with people, you can often find me at a coffee shop. (I adore coffee shops.) Plot twist- I don’t like coffee, but I am completely addicted to iced tea.
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"In every talk, Sarah exudes great compassion, clarity, and heart. Sarah has this ability to own a stage, not with demanding ego, but with care and great love."
Recording Artist and Author of “The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Ever Seen: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder”
- Lisa Gungor -
"Our audience left Sarah's keynote address inspired and encouraged. Her unique ability to tell stories, paired with her thoughtful and fresh perspective on faith and culture, are exactly what so many people need to feel connected to God, self, others and the world."
Director of Discipleship at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection and Director of Burlap ministry
Author of The Wesley Challenge, The Garden Resonates, Gladhearted Disciples, A New Kind of Youth Ministry, and Clear
- Chris Folmsbee -
“Sarah isn’t just a phenomenal speaker. She’s a working pastor, a woman, an orthodox Christian, and a person who give hope and community to those inside and outside the church.”
Author of Finding God in the Waves; Host of Ask Science Mike; Co-founder of The Liturgists
- Mike McHargue -
"When it comes to picking a powerful speaker for your next keynote, workshop, festival or class, Sarah Heath is your woman! I find that she brings a rare combination of spiritual depth, theological acumen, pastoral sensitivity, and engaging humor to each of her talks. When Sarah speaks, she lights up a room! I highly recommend you bring her in for your next happening."
Futurist, Speaker, and Collaborating Author, The Divine Dance with Richard Rohr
- Mike Morrell -