I’ve always liked to talk.
My elementary school teachers gave me Bs in Conduct, telling my parents, “Susan likes to visit with her neighbors.”
Since when is visiting with your neighbors is a bad thing?
While my friendliness was a liability in the classroom, it’s an asset in communicating.
Not only has God cultivated a love for public speaking, He’s also given me a passion for His word. Whether it’s a group of 20 or 200 or more, the fire in my bones ignites my messages with hope and encouragement. A friend once referred to me as “God’s cheerleader.”
Events of all sizes and locations
I’ve spoken at events of various sizes throughout the years as a keynote speaker, breakout presenter, and panel contributor. I’ve helped lead several tours to the Holy Land and shared historical and devotional messages at many sites there.
I currently speak and serve on the steering committee for Radiant Roanoke, a one-day regional conference for women in Southwest Virginia.
A Precept Ministries-trained Bible teacher, I help women study God’s word in context, and then apply His precepts to their lives. I believe we should always be studying the word and growing in our faith. Being grounded in the word not only makes us more discerning, it also sensitizes us to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Credentials and topics
I’m a trained Precept leader, and am a graduate of CLASServices and Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks. I’ve facilitated Bible studies in Women’s Ministry and taught in the Adult Discipleship Ministry at First Roanoke for over 20 years. While expository teaching is my passion, I’ve also spoken on parenting, social media, and leadership.
I have a high view of scripture and never claim personal, direct revelation from God. I believe the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the means by which God speaks to us and are authoritative Word of God: divinely inspired, wholly without error, and the final authority of faith and life. I’m a firm believer in the importance of personal Bible study, trusting the indwelling Holy Spirit to instruct us and lead us to maturity in Christ Jesus.
I have dozens of lessons and presentations in my files, and I’m happy to discuss any those with you. My preference, however, is to work with you and your leaders to prayerfully craft a custom message that is specific to your audience.
Susan has a clear understanding of the Scriptures
and is a spiritually gifted Bible teacher. She is able to address real-life issues from a biblical perspective both directly and transparently. Her Bible studies and personal devotions, which she has written for our church, have always been fresh, practical, timely and from the heart. I am grateful for her commitment and contribution to the fellowship of First Baptist Church of Roanoke.Bryan Smith
Susan has a passion for the Word of God that is contagious!
Her presentations provided both information and inspiration; she draws from the wellspring of both a strong foundation of bible study and an intimate walk with the Lord. Our women thoroughly enjoyed her time among us at our Women’s Retreat; she was truly a full participant in the event and engaged our women on many levels throughout the weekend. I strongly recommend her as a retreat speaker!Kim Worrell
Words come alive on a page when they’re prompted by the Spirit of God
and personalized by a gifted writer and speaker/teacher. That’s the blend that communicates so effectively in Susan’s ministry. Knowing her passion for the Word of God and the expressed word for mankind, I can confidently say she “Hears It, Lives It, Writes It, Speaks It”, and that’s a combo that hits the mark!Martha Barger
A short sample
I’ve been to the Holy Land five times, and I helped lead four of those tours. This is a testimony I gave as our group prepared for the Lord’s Supper at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem.
No notes, just sharing from my heart at the end of a long pilgrimage tour.