Sara Webb Phillips is originally from West Tennessee, where she grew up on a farm. After college at the University of Tennessee at Martin, she received her M.Div. degree, and has since served in ministry for 40 years. She has been connected with seven Annual Conferences, and served in various ways: three-point circuit, college chaplain (twice), Red Bird Mission involvement, university justice and peace director, large urban church, small inner city missions, seminary Field Education, writer, and publisher.
She is married to Ed Phillips, whose relationship is the product of a Wesley Foundation romance. Ed is the Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory. Both Ed and Sara were ordained elders in the United Methodist Church in 1980. They have three daughters, Meredith (spouse Sean, and granddaughter Sara Ann), Karen, who has a lively spirit while coping with some disabilities, and Emily, a GT grad in environmental engineering.
Sara enjoys gardening, music, traveling and reading, and has loyalty to the UT Vols (football) and Duke (basketball). She also dabbles in singing and playing folk music.