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About Adrian First Presbyterian Church

Adrian First Presbyterian Church, located in historical downtown Adrian, Michigan is a Christian community of faithful servants who are responsive to God’s guidance. We are a church of everyday people striving to glorify God’s presence through worship, education, mission, and fellowship.


Rev. Sarah Essenburg Ross

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Pastor Sarah was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. She was raised in a few different church traditions, and likes to say that she became a Presbyterian for the food!  She graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, IL, with a degree in English and minors in Spanish and Biblical Languages.

After college, Sarah served in the United States Peace Corps, teaching English to students in Ukraine.  She attended seminary at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, where she received her Mdiv degree in 2011, along with an award in preaching. Her first call was to a church in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, a small town in the Kansas City area, and she was ordained there in September 2011.  In February 2015, she began serving First Presbyterian Church of Adrian.

Pastor Sarah loves working with all ages—from the fun of goofing around with little kids to the holy moments spent at the bedside of a dying person. Her favorite moments in ministry are when someone is able to understand the scripture in a new way and apply it to their own lives.

Outside of church, she is a foster mom, a dog person, a voracious reader of many genres, and a starter of craft projects which she hardly ever finishes. Her favorite TV show is Parks and Recreation, and like its characters Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope, she believes breakfast food is appropriate for any meal.