SARAH BRAGGS GASTON was born the eighth child to Mary Berry and Albert Braggs in Lexington, Mississippi. She attended Saints Academy and graduated with honors from Riverside High School in Chattatnooga, TN. Having been awarded a scholarship she continued her education at Tennesee State University at Nashville and Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1970, she married Elder Leon Gaston. One daughter, Angela Robinette, was added to this union.
Sara Ann was saved at the age of eight. She is a born leader and a true professional, performing her duties undauntingly with utmost efficiency and ability. She is a woman of innovation and dynamics, giving of herself and talents without reservation or selfishness. She was very active in ministry serving the local church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as choir president and director. She was the first to organize the YWCC in Chattanooga. Her broad area of church activities also included serving as State Sunday School Secretary, and the first Youth Congress Queen in Tennessee Second Jurisdiction. Sister Gaston was licensed as a missionary by the late Supervisor Fannie Page, Tennessee Second Jurisdiction, in 1969.
After moving to Mississippi, Sarah served the Northern Mississippi Jurisdiction as: District Chairlady of the Youth Department for eighteen years; State Chairlady for eight years; chairperson of Tupelo District Women’s Department, Administrative Assistant in the Music Department; Elect Lady of Evangelism; Co-Chairperson of Finance and Platform Chair of State Women’s Department.