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Sara Hardaway was born in Anchorage, Alaska, where her father was in the Air Force and stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base. The family moved to Abilene, Texas, a year after Sara’s birth. She enjoyed archery, fencing, and dance growing up and graduated from Abilene High School. After high school, Sara continued her education at McMurry University, receiving degrees in history and creative writing. Sara moved to the Dallas area in the late 70s and worked as the in-service training coordinator for the medical records department at Baylor Hospital, Dallas. She taught anatomy and physiology to employees in the hospital who needed to do their job.
Sara’s great- and great-great-grandfathers were both Baptist ministers. It was with fear and trepidation, she says, that she became a United Methodist and then a UM minister in 1995. Sara has served several large churches, including Highland Park UMC in Dallas and small rural churches, including Tom Bean UMC outside Sherman, Texas.
Sara has one son, Brian, who is a student at the University of Michigan, majoring in biochemistry. She also has a twin sister who is an attorney in Houston, although Sara says they don’t look alike, but favor as sisters. Her sister and brother-in-law co-founded a nonprofit called Rescue Bank. This past year, it merged with the Greater Good Organization, and they work the nonprofit full time. They help no-kill animal shelters across the U.S. to find food and supplies as well as rescue groups. They also airlift food into disaster areas.
Sara loves to collect antiques, and she used to sell them at Canton Trade Days. She also enjoys crafts of all kinds. Presently, she is working with old pieces of glass to make things like bird baths or candle stands for events such as weddings. Sara makes jewelry with old dominoes and with pieces of old jewelry as well. Going to movies, plays or musical performances are also favorite pastimes.
Sara says, “My passion is pastoral care, outreach to the community, teaching, and being in worship. I look forward to our time together as we bless God with our gifts in ministry.”