Sally and Andy.jpg

Rev. Dr. Sally Haynes

Sally was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. She attended Davidson College, in Davidson, NC, intending to go to medical school and remain in North Carolina. Along the way, her plans changed. She graduated cum laude with a major in Religion and sensed a call to ministry. Meanwhile, her parents had moved to Kansas City while she was in college. While home for a few weeks the summer before her senior year of college, she visited Central UMC.  She met the president of the Singles’ Group, and by the time she went back to Davidson for her senior year, Sally and Andy knew they were going to be married.

Sally attended St. Paul School of Theology, attaining an M.Div. with a specialization in gerontology in 1987. She returned to St. Paul to earn a D.Min. in 2003. Her final work was titled “Life after Resurrection: A Model of Hospitality and Ministry with Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in an era of Life-Prolonging Treatments,” for which she received honors with distinction.

Sally was the 13th woman ordained in the Missouri West Annual Conference (now part of the Missouri Annual Conference.) During her ministry, she has served as chaplain at John Knox Village, and as pastor of Belvidere UMC, Epworth-Roanoke UMC, Trinity UMC, First UMC- Warrensburg, First UMC-Blue Springs, and now has returned home to Central UMC, where she and Andy met and married.

Sally was elected as a delegate to the South Central Jurisdiction in 2004, 2008 and 2020, and as a delegate to General Conference in 2008 and 2020, in addition to being First Alternate in 2004. Sally was a member of the General Commission of the Status and Role of Women for the years 2008-2012. Sally has served in many areas of Conference leadership, including as Chair of the Order of Elders, and fourteen years on the Board of Ordained Ministry. She has served on the District Committees of Ordained Ministry throughout her ministry, including as Chair for the Heartland South DCOM.

Sally was awarded a generous grant for a Clergy Renewal Leave from the Lilly Foundation in 2016, which allowed her and Andy to explore God’s creation in the Galapagos Islands and many areas of the US. As a result of her sabbatical, First UMC-Blue Springs has installed a labyrinth designed to blend in with the natural contours under a grove of trees on the church property.

Sally is an elected board member of the Prairie Township Fire Protection District and has been working to bring a new station to protect the residents of south Blue Springs. She has been active in Rotary Clubs in other communities, including serving in a variety of leadership roles.

Andy is an attorney, specializing in employee benefits and self-funded health insurance plans. He is principal and owner of Haynes Benefits, a law firm in Lee’s Summit with seven attorneys. Sally and Andy have three children, all of whom live in different areas of the country. They have one grandchild, who lives with her parents in Santa Barbara, CA. (Sally and Andy are so thankful to live in an era of video calling!) In their spare time, they enjoy biking, hiking, attending a wide range of concerts (symphony, blues, and acoustic folk and rock), and Sanibel Island, FL. They share their home with their schnoodle, Clarence.

Sally is honored to have been endorsed as a candidate for the episcopacy by the Missouri General/Jurisdictional delegation.