THE REVEREND SARAH AVERETTE-PHILLIPS
Reverend Sarah Averette-Phillips is a Southern California native from Redlands, CA. She received her BA in Peace Studies from UCC-related Chapman University in 2012. Following graduation from Chapman, Sarah spent a year living in Varanasi, India, pursuing a Masters in Conflict Management & Development. While in Varanasi, she also worked with an organization combating human trafficking in Nepal and Northern India. Upon return from Varanasi, Sarah enrolled at Claremont School of Theology, completing her Master of Divinity in May of 2017. She was called as BCUCC’s settled pastor in September 2019, and brings energy for preaching, engaging young folks in the church, and connecting the Gospel with contemporary justice issues. Sarah lives in Pasadena, CA, with her spouse Omari, and dog Thistle. She enjoys crafting and traveling to new countries.
THE REVEREND MICHAEL LEWIS
Reverend Michael Lewis has a Bachelor’s degree from Graceland University in speech communication and a juris doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He received the final year of his legal education at Harvard Law School. Michael has been active in various forms of ministry for over 30 years, originally as an ordained minister in the Community of Christ before making his way to the UCC over 10 years ago. Michael is a lifelong student, especially of process theology, and focuses his ministry now on worship leadership and preaching.