Leadership and Staff
Director of Wesley PSU and Abba Java
Hiya, I’m Sarah. I love time spent around the table, especially eating good food! I love hearing people’s stories (and I SO look forward to hearing yours). I love things that grow, both for beauty and sustenance. I love books and the places where books are kept. I’m a novice knitter/sewer but I love to make things. I love to make sourdough bread and all things “baked goods”. I love a good walk, bonus points if there are trees to look at along the way. I love places and exploring what makes a place unique – I’m already starting a list for places to go in State College; I’d love to hear your recommendations!
I graduated from Lambuth University in 2005 with a BS in Mathematics & Sociology only then to make the decision to go to seminary! I graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City with an M.Div in 2009 and was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene in 2014 (in Scotland, on St Patrick’s Day).
My husband Ted and I have been married for 14 years; we met at Mountain TOP (a summer camp ministry in Appalachia) while he was a student at Penn State. I first visited the Wesley Foundation and Abba Java in 2002! We have two amazing kids – Abigail (8) and Simon (5); our family is looking forward to welcoming students to share life with us!
We moved to State College from Wicklow, Ireland where we’ve lived for the last 6 ½ years. It’s an incredible place with incredible people! I’m sure you’ll hear loads more about it! One habit I have brought with me from Ireland is my LOVE of a proper cup of tea!!! Just ask me what that means!
I’ve lived ALL across the US but my husband Ted actually grew up right here in State College at St Paul’s UMC! It’s both amazing and crazy to be back full circle.
Seventeen years ago I sat around a table at Abba Java, eating pancakes before a home football game, and now we find ourselves in State College again. It is our continuing desire to gather with others around the table. I believe that we are called to be a people of the table – inviting, gathering, welcoming, eating, discovering, sharing – to anyone and everyone who would join us. Just as Jesus did. Jesus said, “come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). It is my hope and prayer that Abba Java and the Wesley Foundation will be a place of welcome and rest for the students at PSU. Come and join us!
Karen grew up in State College and has attended St. Paul’s her entire life. She graduated from Penn State in 2004 with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Karen, her husband, Steve and two boys, James and Zachary currently reside in Pine Grove Mills.