Londonderry church has new part-time pastorAPRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent
September 04. 2013 5:10PM
LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry Presbyterian Church has a new face at the pulpit.
The Rev. Dr. Sara Singleton, a former registered nurse turned Presbyterian pastor, joined the local congregation for the first time Aug. 31.
As a part-time pastor, Singleton will preach at the historic local church one Saturday and one Sunday per month.
Singleton said she first met members of the Londonderry church last winter, when she visited as a special guest preacher.
She immediately knew she’d be returning.
“I was struck by the vibrancy of the worship leaders and the many, many servant leaders,” Singleton said last week.
The church has been without a permanent pastor for well over a year and has since relied on guest pastors from around the region as the congregant’s elders work towards finding a more long-term solution.
“My goal is to provide meaningful monthly preaching,” Singleton said, noting she plans to work closely with the local elders and deacons, as well as other part-time preachers, to meet that goal.
A resident of Ipswich, Mass., Singleton spent two decades working in the health care industry and raising her children before receiving her calling.
” I was pretty surprised at first,” she said. “I thought I’d end up being a pastoral counselor, but I fell in love with the Scripture.”
In 2005, Singleton earned her master’s in divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas and soon after, was ordained as an associate pastor at a church in Colorado Springs.
While living in Colorado, she began working towards her advanced degree and earned a doctor of ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2010.
She said one of the highlights of her ministry came shortly after, when she served as an American delegate during an international ministry conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
“It was there that my vision of the church, its call and the world’s needs became greatly expanded,” Singleton said.
Her journey also inspired her to put her memories on paper. Singleton is working on a book, “A Simple Walk: Following God Beyond Fear.”
Singleton, who recently celebrated her 35-year wedding anniversary with her husband, Jim, a professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., has two adult children and several grandchildren.
“I’m in a very contented and grateful season of life,” she said.