Old West Leadership
SARA GARRARD - Pastor
Sara is the pastor at Old West Church. A transplant from Georgia, she comes from a long line of Methodist pastors. Her formal education includes an MDiv from Candler School of Theology, Emory University (2013) and a CTM from the University of Cambridge (2013). Her thesis dealt with examining the redemption of female sexuality found in the Gospel of John’s account of the resurrection of Jesus and the women at the tomb. Sara is passionate about social justice, particularly as it pertains to equality for all genders, sexualities, ethnicities and belief systems.
Rev. Sara is available for pre-marital counseling/ weddings. Check out her profile on The Knot.
Please keep in mind Rev. Sara takes her Sabbath (day off) on Fridays and is out of touch on those day.
Contact Sara at: email@example.com
Ruth Georges is the Administrative Assistant at Old West Church. Originally from Florida, she's a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, studying Gender, Leadership & Public Policy. Her formal education includes a double major in Interdisciplinary Social Science with a concentration in Psychology and Africana Studies & Second degree in Women & Gender Studies from the University of South Florida. She's experienced in non-profit management and organizational development. Ruth has a passion for public service, enjoys live music and lives by Marianne Williamson quote,
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates other."
Contact Ruth at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Olga Lipina - Minister of Music and Arts
Dr. Olga Lipina is Minister of Music and Arts at the Old West Church in Boston. Her ministry integrates practical involvement in the life of the church with theological and theoretical exploration of arts as a source for congregational development. Dr. Lipinaʼs experience and expertise is summarized in her dissertation, The Role of Arts in the Process of Leadership Formation and Ecclesial Transformation. This dissertation demonstrates that art, as an expression of faith, brings renewal and leads the religious community in the process of a holistic transformation.
Dr. Lipina received an extended training in the area of arts and theology. Her formal education includes following degrees received from the Boston University School of Theology: Master of Sacred Music (1999), Master of Divinity (2005), Master of Sacred Theology (2007), and Doctor of Ministry (2010). She also holds degree of Master of Arts in Conducting and Choral Arts from the Latvia Conservatory of Music, Riga, Latvia.
Dr. Lipina is the recipient of the American Association of University Women International Fellowship. She is the founder of the Child Music Development Program at the Church of All Nations, Boston, Massachusetts. Her specialization also includes organization of multiple International Festivals of Religious Music that facilitated inter-religious understanding and dialogue between the different faith communities.
Dr. Lipina is the founder of the Faith and Arts Center at the Old West Church, promoting arts as a cross-cultural liaison for different faith, cultural, and educational institutions.
Ladonna Moehring - SpRC Chair
Ladonna is the head of the SPRC at Old West.
Ladonna is the current chair of the SPRC. Her role is to oversee the committee that oversees pastoral appointments and church staff. The committee works to encourage, strengthen, nurture, support, and respect the pastor and staff and their families. The committee provides guidance to set priorities that strengthen the OWC's ministry with its members and the community. The committee is the connection to the Church district, evaluating appointed leadership and, recommends candidates for ministry.
Karen Spiller - Lay Leader
Karen is the lay leader at OWC.
Spencer Moore - Theology Intern
Another transplant, Spencer is originally from Oklahoma. He is currently studying theology in a Masters program at Boston University. He enjoys spending time simply being around other people, whether that is playing sports, listening to music and other miscellaneous activities that are fun to do.
Spencer has also been known to order Pumpkin Spice Lattes from time to time.
Mykela Bricka- Seminary Intern
Mykela is from Starkville, Mississippi and has a communications degree from Mississippi State University. She will attend Asbury Seminary with the hopes to be a Youth Minister one day. She enjoys sending time outside enjoying God's creation and being sassy.