Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Sandra Selby

selby imageFrom corporate America to ministering crisis victims, the Rev. Dr. Sandra Selby will bring a diverse message while serving as Preacher of the Week from Aug. 9-14.

For nearly 20 years, the Rev. Dr. Selby worked as the Vice President of Strategic Planning for B.F. Goodrich in Richfield, Ohio. She later left corporate America to enter ministry, and since 2004, has served as the Associate Pastor and Senior Community Chaplain of the Furnace Street Mission (FSM) in Akron, Ohio.

The FSM has been an integral part of the Akron and Summit County area, working closely with victims of crime, abuse and violence, as well as ministering to the needs of the community’s fire and police officers.

The Rev. Dr. Selby earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School in Charlottesville, Va., in 1981. She later completed her Master of Divinity in 2004 and Doctor of Ministry in 2014, both from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, located in Delaware, Ohio.

In her Doctor of Ministry program, the Rev. Dr. Selby’s research focused on compassion fatigue in professionals who work with individuals in crisis. She regularly visited areas where churches might not be present and helped professionals serving these communities understand the context of the community of the underserved.

She speaks nationally and regionally about serving people in crisis, including topics about “Hope in the Wilderness: Facilitating Meaning Making in Crisis Workers” and “Cultivating Resilience in Caregiving.”

The Rev. Dr. Selby will lead the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, Aug. 9 in Hoover Auditorium. Her sermon, titled “Confronting Incivility,” will center on the story in Ephesians 4:25-5:2 where one is called to follow God with humility and discipline.

For those who wish to attend Sunday worship, a complimentary Church Pass may be obtained 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 3 p.m.  The pass includes admittance to Lakeside for guests and auto.

The Rev. Dr. Selby will also provide the message for Faith for Living Hour at 9:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday in Orchestra Hall.

A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto.

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, she will also lead Vespers by the Lake, held at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.

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