Living Faith Lutheran Church
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
God's Work. Our Hands.
Meet Pastor Sandra

 The Rev. Sandra Cox Shaw was installed as our church's sixth pastor in December 2005, bringing new energy and fresh ideas to our congregation.  Her dynamic, loving and future-focused ministry has drawn more & more new members to our community of worship.

Living Faith members eagerly await Pastor Sandra’s sermons each Sunday.  They’re always engaging, sometimes humorous and full of keen insight into Biblical readings & history.  What’s more, you can always count on her sermons to give you practical guidance for everyday life ... and plenty to think about during the week to come!  

"I believe that the entire Bible reveals that our God is a God of liberation and transformation - of individuals and communities," Pastor Sandra says.  "I am passionate about the power of faith communities.  I believe everyone has spiritual gifts, and that discovering and putting these gifts to use brings great joy to individuals, and also strengthens communities in the proclamation of the Gospel."

Pastor Sandra - a lifelong Lutheran and native of Spartanburg, S.C. - attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she earned a master’s degree in divinity and graduated with honors in homiletics (preaching).

Pastor Sandra worked as an accountant for 20 years before entering seminary.  During her time at Gettysburg, she worked as a weekend chaplain at University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.   Pastor Sandra performed her Clinical Pastoral Education at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Pastor Sandra completed a year of internship at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  She remained on Capitol Hill after graduating from seminary, working for the Clergy Leadership Network and then serving as Director of Lifelong Learning for the Luther Institute before answering our church's call for a new pastor.

Pastor Sandra and Stephen Shaw - her husband - have one son, David,  who lives with his family in Honolulu, Hawaii. (She is a very proud and doting grandparent; just ask her about her grandchildren!)

When she's not busy leading Living Faith into the future, Pastor Sandra enjoys completing crossword puzzles, reading murder mysteries, attending plays and traveling. (France and Turkey are the favorite places she has visited thus far.)