University of Santa Clara
University of California, Irvine
Presbyterian School of Christian Education

Susan has served congregations in the Presbytery of Los Ranchos for over 30 years with a focus on education, nurture and formation. She reads widely in spiritual formation, theology, social justice, church history, and current and future trends. Her work includes recommending resources, consulting with congregations on evaluation, design and implementation, supporting and equipping leaders, and building relationships with and among persons engaged in ministries of spiritual formation.

Susan and her late husband are the parents of two adult sons, who with their spouses are raising her three rambunctious grandsons. She lives in Mission Viejo with her Chocolate Cocker Spaniel, CoCo. In her spare time, she loves to read, garden, and spend time with her “boys.”


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