our pastor

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Rev. Sarah Belles



The Rev. Sarah Belles joined our community in July 2019. Sarah is a native of Cary, NC where she grew up actively involved in First United Methodist Church of Cary. 

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Sarah previously served as Campus Minister of Davidson Wesley Campus Ministry and Pastor for College Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Saturday Night Worship at Davidson United Methodist Church. Prior to that she served as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in High Point, NC.

Sarah graduated from Appalachian State University as a NC Teaching Fellow with a BS in Middle Grades Education. While in Boone, she found a home at ASU’s Wesley Foundation. It was there she fell in love with campus ministry and discerned a call to a life of ordained ministry. Sarah also holds a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.  While in divinity school Sarah served in a range of ministries including an inner city non-profit for women and families in crisis in Nashville, TN, four rural churches in Lilesville, N.C., and at UNC Chapel Hill’s Wesley Campus Ministry.  

Sarah cares deeply for the global nature of the UMC; she currently serves on the UMC’s Connectional Table and on the General Board of Discipleship’s Division of Ministry with Young People. She was elected as a Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Delegate for 2020.  Sarah values time apart for renewal, Sabbath-keeping, and the cultivation of deeper connection with self, others, and the divine in all creation.  She serves on the Well of Mercy Board of Directors.

Sarah runs on jasmine tea and frozen custard. She loves throwing pottery, paddle boarding and photography. Her favorite place is in the world is Lake Pleasant, NY in the Adirondack Mountains. She bakes homemade bread and wishes she had a green thumb. She geeks out over Harry Potter and Barbara Brown Taylor. What might be most interesting to know is that two nuns taught Sarah how to waterski.

Relationships are important to Sarah. She would love to meet for coffee or connect with you via email (sbelles@inclusioncommunity.org). 

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What is Sarah listening to?

Oh Dreamer by the Brilliance! Check it out, ASAP.

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What is Sarah reading?

Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor