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Visiting Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Assistant Dean
Sarah B. Drummond serves Andover Newton Theological School as Dean and Yale Divinity School as Visiting Professor of Ministerial Leadership. She began her service to Andover Newton in 2005, teaching courses on ministry and directing Andover Newton’s historic Field Education Program.
In 2007, she was promoted to Associate Dean, and in 2010 to Associate Professor with tenure. She was elected Dean in 2011 and served in that role through some tumultuous, soul-searching times for the School. She came to YDS as one of the five members of the Andover Newton faculty participating in the 2016-17 Visiting Year.
She is now the senior on-site administrator for Andover Newton Seminary at YDS during this, Andover Newton’s “Visioning Year.” In addition to teaching and advising at YDS, she is, in partnership with President Martin Copenhaver, coordinating an extensive process through which Andover Newton will create both a strategic plan for the institution and ministry education program for students.
Sarah grew up in Suffield, Conn., and studied ethics, politics, and economics at Yale College (SY’93). She earned her Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and, after graduating, served Harvard as both Assistant Dean of Freshmen and Chaplain for Religious Education at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. She then was called as Executive Director and Campus Minister for University Christian Ministries at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she also later earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education.
Sarah’s teaching and research interests all center around this key question: “How do we move from a theological idea into an educational program without ruining the idea or creating a program that would never work?” Her two books include Holy Clarity: The Practice of Planning and Evaluation (Alban, 2009) and Leading Change in Campus Religious Life: A Case Study on the Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (Scholars’ Press, 2011). She is currently under contract to write a theory of change specific to her faith tradition, the United Church of Christ, in which she has been an ordained minister since 1997.
In addition to service to Andover Newton and YDS, Sarah is a member of the Association of Theological School’s Board of Commissioners, where she also serves on several committees focused on the future of theological education. Her spiritual home is Star Island, a UCC conference center six miles off the coast of New Hampshire, where she retreats annually with her family. She resides in New Haven with her family, enjoys reading fiction, volunteers as a Cultural Companion through the Integrated Refugee and Immigration Service, and has four cats and a dog.