Sara Gorby, Director of Youth Ministries and PlayhouseProduction Director
Sara began working as Director of Youth Ministries at St. Thomas Church in July of 2005 after mentoring with the High School Youth Group for two years along side her husband, Matt Gorby.
It is her passion for working with youth and theater that drew Sara to St. Thomas as parish in 2002. She had attended St. Thomas services a few times when St. Thomas announced auditions for Godspell. Vicki Riedel invited Sara to take communion on a beautiful fall morning while the cast of Godspell was sharing a song from the show during a service. And the rest, as they say, is history. Sara found her spiritual home.
Sara married her match Matt at St. Thomas September 2003. Sara was baptized by Father Brian Baker March of 2006. Sara & Matt’s daughter Ida Belle was baptized at St. Thomas April 2007. St. Thomas holds a special place in Sara’s heart both spiritually and professionally.
The support of the parish family has allowed Sara to grown and thrive in her work environment. In March of 2008, staffing was reorganized and Sara job shifted to Children, Youth and Family Ministries along with part time St. Thomas Playhouse Education Director. This time brought many blessings and challenges as we watched the parish grow. November of 2012 Sara gave some of her responsibilities to Helen Morgus, who served faithfully and thoughtfully as the Sunday School Coordinator. This gave the parish the time to discern the goals and vision for Children, Youth and Family Ministries. December of 2013 brought Jessica Bejot and her many gifts and talents to round out the staff.
Sara now serves as the Director of Youth Ministries and Production & Education Director for St. Thomas Playhouse.
Sara was born and raised in Hailey and graduated from Wood River High School in 1994, attended College of Southern Idaho and University of Utah where she studied choral music, voice and theater. She grew up LDS in the Wood River Valley and is very grateful for the family relationships and the values taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
St. Thomas is a place where it is safe to explore your spirituality with the support of a eclectic community. It is a haven of hope and light in Sara’s life.
Sara is a huge Marilyn Monroe fan. Must be the drama.
Sara loves British Comedies, especially Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served and Fawlty Towers.