Sara Irwin

Sara Irwin

Sara grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she attended St Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lawrence Park. After graduating from New College of Florida with a degree in religion/gender studies in 2000, she moved to the Boston area to participate in the Micah Project (now called Life Together), a program for recent college graduates in discernment for ministry. From there she moved to New York City, where she attended General Theological Seminary, and returned to Boston in 2004 for ordination.

Sara loves the Episcopal Church for its openness and hospitality for all people, from its work in the movement for marriage equality to its welcome of all people to receive Communion. Sara is the first female rector/pastor of Christ Church and has served here since 2005.

Sara’s husband, Noah Evans, is also a priest, and serves Grace Episcopal Church in Medford. They have two children, seven-year-old Isaiah and four-year-old Adah. Sara’s interests include all kinds of writing, contemplative prayer, and social justice work. She is the author of the title essay in the book “My Red Couch and Other Stories on Seeking a Feminist Faith,” edited by Rachel Gaffron and Claire Bischoff (2005, Pilgrim Press) and the poetry chapbook Ashes/What Remains printed in 2013 with Waltham’s Back Pages books. She also writes regularly for the Waltham News Tribune and her work has been featured on the Episcopal Church’s Episcopal Café blog.

Sara loves hiking, kayaking, and her local farm shares from Waltham Fields and Chestnut Farms. You can find her on twitter: @revsarai and blogging occasionally at Check out the “e crier,” the weekly meditation written for our parish, on our blog. Also read past years of the e crier mediations.


“Episcopal worship has a fantastic combination of transcendence and awe at the same time as it welcomes everyone right where they are—whether you happen to be a toddler wandering the aisle or a teenager who’s not sure you want to be there. There’s space for everyone at the altar, because it’s where we all belong.”