The Rev. Sarah Knoll Sweeney Director of Spiritual Care Education

Sarah has served as an ACPE Certified Educator since 2013. After four years at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston, she is now full-time with St. Benedict's Workshop and the Iona Collaborative, working to open a CPE Center at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She serves as the chair of the Curriculum Committee of the Board of ACPE and coordinator of the ACPE Videoconferencing Educators Community of Practice. She serves on the ACPE Southwest Region Accreditation Committee and on the eight-member Organizational Redesign Implementation Team for the ACPE nationwide association. Since 2014, she has piloted a use of videoconferencing in ACPE that combines in-person and distance learning to serve students whose geographic location or job constraints prevent them from participating in hospital CPE programs that demand heavy on-call schedules. She has developed pastoral-care education programs specifically geared toward Muslim pastoral caregivers and chaplains as well as youth and children's ministers. She is passionate about interfaith education for spiritual care and about expanding the areas that ACPE serves.

Before becoming a Certified Educator, she served as a school and hospital chaplain in the dioceses of Kansas and Missouri. As a school chaplain, Sarah emphasized the teaching of world religions, ethics, and sexuality education. Her undergraduate degree is in religious studies from the University of Kansas; her Master of Divinity is from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California. Sarah has enjoyed serving the church at national and diocesan levels, as a three-time General Convention deputy, past member of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Presiding Bishop, and past member of her diocesan board of examining chaplains. She is certified to teach Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum at levels from kindergarten to 12th grade.

BA, The University of Kansas
MDiv, Church Divinity School of the Pacific