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Susie grew up in Bethany, Okla. where she attended Southern Nazarene University. She earned a B.A. in Communications with minors in education, English and creative writing. She received her Master’s Degree in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. Susie was awarded the honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from SNU in 2016.
Susie served as a fulltime youth pastor in Conway, Ark., Longmont, Colo., San Antonio, Texas and Bethany, Okla.
After staff ministry, she enjoyed teaching speech, English, drama and creative writing in the public school system. Her public school experience was interrupted with an invitation to join Focus on the Family who hired her to create a magazine for teen girls. Brio was launched in March of 1990, and Susie served as editor for nearly two decades. During that time, she also launched a spin-off magazine for older girls called Brio & Beyond. She also started a book line for teens girls, began overseas mission trips for guys and girls.
Susie continued as editor until 2014 and then stepped away from the daily tasks to concentrate more on fulltime speaking and writing.
She has been a guest on the former “Montel Williams Show,” “Fox News” and CNNs HLN (Headline News Network).