Sarah Farmer, a Chester native, has been named an associate research scholar with the Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Project at Yale Divinity School. Farmer, now married and the mother of two children, is nearing completion of doctoral studies towards a PhD at Emory University.P- PEOPLE- Sarah Farmer

Farmer credits as forces in her early life, her mother; grounding in deep religious faith, and Chester Eastside Ministries, Inc. (CEI), that was just across the street from where she lived.

The non-profit agency “exposed me to relationships and opportunities that helped me see beyond my local context,” she said. “In middle school, I held my first job helping in the library.”

After finishing high school in the south and graduating cum laude from Berea College, she returned to CEI and helped initiate its Peace, Leadership and the Arts Camp.

She has written several articles in scholarly books and journals and received many awards. Her doctoral dissertation: “Hope in Confinement: Moving Toward a Pedagogy of Restorative Hope,” concerns the plight of Black women in prison.

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