Asbury Selects New VP of Student Development
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University President Dr. Sandra C. Gray announced today that Dr. Sarah Thomas Baldwin, a 1993 graduate of the University, has been selected as the next Vice President for Student Development.
Baldwin currently serves as University Pastor and Dean of Spiritual Life, Inclusion and Leadership at George Fox University in Oregon. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Asbury, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (2001) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from George Fox Evangelical Seminary (2013).
“Dr. Baldwin has a heart for the holistic formation of our students — that is, mind, body, soul and spirit,” said Gray. “Her administrative aptitude, extensive experience, theological foundation and leadership gifts integrate well with the mission of Asbury University. Dr. Baldwin is passionate about the preparation of students for academic success and spiritual formation.”
In her multi-faceted role at George Fox University, Baldwin has led the spiritual life program for an undergraduate community of 1,900, including such responsibilities as preaching in chapel, advising university leadership, implementing a spiritual formation curriculum and organizing conferences. Prior to that position, she worked as the director of campus and guest relations at Asbury Theological Seminary and served as a residence director at Asbury and Spring Arbor University.
Baldwin’s teaching experience includes courses in spiritual formation, religious studies and Christian ministries, among others. She is a licensed pastor in the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Evangelical Friends and has traveled widely.
“I’m honored to serve my alma mater, and I’m looking forward to leading a team of people that are truly investing in the lives of students,” Baldwin said. “The opportunity to serve Jesus in an Asbury setting is compelling to me and part of my overall sense of personal mission and calling.”
In addition to her work in an academic setting, Baldwin serves as chair of the international board of directors of Word Made Flesh, a non-profit organization that seeks to serve among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.
She is married to Clint Baldwin ’94, who works as the director of the Center of Peace and Justice at George Fox University. They have two children: Madie (13) and Kai (1).