On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Louisville Seminary alum Sandra Moon (MDiv/JD 2011) formally affirmed her commitment to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) when she was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament as a Teaching Elder. Her ordination took place at Louisville Seminary’s Caldwell Chapel, where nearly 100 friends, family members and seminary representatives joined the celebration.
“It was a blessing to celebrate my ordination in Caldwell Chapel, surrounded by the seminary community,” said Moon. “Louisville Seminary has shaped and defined my ministry first as a student, and now as an employee. I am grateful that I could share such a happy occasion with so many loved ones from near and far in a place that feels like home.”
A Toledo, Ohio, native whose home church is Glendale Presbyterian Church in Toledo, Moon feels great joy in now being able to administer the sacraments of Eucharist and Baptism. She also looks forward to fully participating in church services when she travels across the country representing Louisville Seminary as the Director of Alum, Church, and Community Engagement (formerly Alum and Church Relations). Moon has served the seminary in that capacity since December 2015. Prior to that, she was the Director for the Women’s Center at LPTS. In addition to her work at Louisville Seminary, Moon maintains a solo law practice focusing in family law, estate planning and business transactions.
Moon said that her professional sights were initially set on a career in law, though religion and theology have always been academic interests of hers. But it was through the friendships and the sense of community that Moon experienced at seminary as well as reflection on her time as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, prior to coming to seminary that she started to consider a different career path. She pressed on though and secured a position as an Associate Attorney at Eddins-Domine Law Group in Louisville, Kentucky. During that time, she also worked in youth/young adult ministry for a local Lutheran church. Her work in that ministry made her “feel the most alive,” which is why, in an effort to build on that feeling, she began her work at Louisville Seminary.
“Now I have a fantastic opportunity to connect with alums and hear what they have been doing since their time at Louisville Seminary,” said Moon, who, while at seminary, received the Melanie Lane Preaching Award. “I enjoy building relationships with our alums, pastors, and congregations, hearing their vision for the greater church, and exploring how we can work together toward that vision.”
In addition to her seminary master’s degree and law degree (received in partnership with the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law), Moon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and political science from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated magna cum laude
. Prior to ordination in the PCUSA, she was under the care of the Maumee Valley Presbytery (Northwest Ohio). She is now a member of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.