Congregation hires a new youth minister | Local News

Jason Koon News Herald Correspondent

The First Presbyterian Church of Morganton has hired a new staff member to care for the youth of the church and the surrounding community.

Sara Kincaid joined the staff of First Presbyterian on Monday, January 11 as Director of Student and Young Family Ministries. A native of Houston, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.

She said she had wanted to get into student and family ministry for several years.

“My call to ministry really began with a love for missions,” Kincaid said. “If you had asked me in sixth grade, I would have said to you, ‘I’m going to grow up, go to college somewhere and end up in Jamaica working in our orphanage for the deaf, and that’ll be it. “”

Throughout her middle and high school years, her passion for missions began to transform into her dedication to sharing her love for God with students and young people.

“I want to help them not just to know God, but to know God on an intimate level,” she said. “That way, when they leave their churches, they can continue to have an anchor as they navigate through college and the rest of the world.”

After high school, Kincaid attended Abilene Christian to achieve this goal. While in college, she also participated in several internship programs, giving her hands-on ministry experience. Kincaid graduated in December, but his plan to accept a student ministry position in Dallas fell through due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly after, she was contacted by First Presbyterian.

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