The second daughter of four, the Rev. Sarah Lamming grew up in Lincolnshire, England. She grew up on a rural farm. Her early years on the farm were interspersed with time spent in London with her great uncle, who was a priest in an inner city parish. As a teenager, Sarah’s time outside of school was divided between the Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) and playing the cornet in multiple bands and orchestras. She was awarded both the Queen’s Guide Award and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Sarah received a first class honors bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and Education Studies from Middlesex University in 2002. Following graduation, she spent a year as a youth worker for an inner city church in London and also as a support worker for the local university.
Her three years of theological studies occurred at Westcott House in Cambridge (England) and at Yale Divinity School. Her dyslexia meant that she had an unconventional training, and she was able to specialize in pastoral care and creative liturgies.
Sarah was ordained as a transitional deacon in July of 2006 and became a priest the following year. She served for three years as group curate in the Handsworth Group of Parishes in Birmingham (England). This was a newly created position that involved working within four parishes, with six churches. Handsworth is known for being one of the most diverse communities in the UK, and the four parishes had strong representation from the Caribbean and Indian populations.
Sarah came over to America in August 2009, where she undertook a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She specialized in trauma and neurological intensive