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Sarah Farmer

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture

BA, Berea College
MDiv, Emory University
PhD, Emory University


Sarah Farmer is assistant professor of practical theology and community development in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University. As a practical theologian, she not only teaches community development courses, but also teaches in the areas of faith formation, youth ministry, and transformative pedagogy. 

Before coming to Indiana Wesleyan University in the Fall of 2018, Dr. Farmer served as an associate research scholar and lecturer at Yale Divinity School and helped direct the Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Program at Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Farmer received her MDiv and PhD from Emory University, where she taught as an adjunct faculty and codirected a Certificate in Theological Studies program at a women’s prison.

Farmer cofounded the Youth Arts and Peace Camp in Chester, Pennsylvania, and worked with the Youth Hope-Builders Academy at Interdenominational Theological Center. She is coauthor with Anne E. Streaty Wimberly of Raising Hope: 4 Paths to Courageous Living for Black Youth.


White, David F. and Sarah Frances Farmer. Youth Ministry: Reclaiming God’s Joy for a Good Life. Nashville, TN: Wesley’s Foundry Books, 2020.

Wimberly, Anne E. Streaty and Sarah Frances Farmer. Raising Hope: Four Paths to Courageous Living for Black Youth. Nashville, TN: Wesley’s Foundry Books, 2017.

Farmer, Sarah. “Criminality of Black Youth in Inner-City Schools: ‘Moral Panic,’ Moral Imagination, and Moral Formation.” In Race, Ethnicity and Education 13, no. 3 (September 2010): 367–381.

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