PSL welcomes a new Transitional Presbyter this month! Sue Westfall joined the staff of PSL on January 15. The Executive Council approved the recommendation of the search committee on January 8, and Sue met with COM on January 14 to move her membership to Sheppards and Lapsley.
Sue comes to us from the Greater Atlanta Presbytery, having served as a Program Director for Macedonian Ministry. Previous to that position, she served as Presbytery Pastor/Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of de Cristo in Tucson, Arizona. She has also served as Pastor or Co-Pastor of churches in Arizona, Colorado, and New York.
Sue has both pastoral experience and mid-council experience. These two perspectives give her knowledge of not only the local congregation with all its joys and challenges, but also with the presbytery task of developing leaders and supporting congregations.
Sue received her M. Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary (a classmate of Ed Hurley) and her D. Min. at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Sue brings a love of life-long learning. With experience in different ministries, she has grown in her ability to manage complex situations, to work collaboratively, and to lead groups in crafting and carrying out a vision. When talking to people who have worked with Sue previously, the search committee heard more than one person describe these traits: her ability to listen, her theological depth, and her excellent communication skills.
Sue is an avid reader, loves music of all kinds, thinks a baseball park is about the best place to be, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and being out in nature. She has three grown children.
The search committee composed of Jane Clayton, James Ephraim, and Bill Stribling are pleased that Sue accepted the call to become the Transitional Presbyter of Sheppards and Lapsley and pleased to welcome her to join in our ministry in Central Alabama.
Sue has moved to Birmingham and begun her work at the PSL office. Come by and meet her!
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