On Sunday, August 1, the Reverend Deacon Susan Gage began her ministry at St. Barnabas as the Deacon-in-Charge. Susan has been called by both the vestries of St. Barnabas and Christ the King and will be splitting her time between the two congregations during her transitional diaconate.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone here at St. Barnabas as well as Christ the King as we embark on this journey of bringing more Love into the world and being the people of God for Valdosta.”
Susan graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary this past May and was ordained in June to the diaconate at her sending parish, St. Thomas in Thomasville. While at seminary, she served as the head proctor (residence hall assistant) for the campus dormitories, a role which gave her a lot of experience in servant ministry to her fellow seminarians, especially the students from Africa and Asia. She has been a mentor and co-mentor in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program and served in several liturgical roles as a lay person before following her call to ordained ministry. She has a background in public radio journalism and has performed in theater as part of the Mickee Faust Club cabaret troupe in Tallahassee.
She will be commuting between Valdosta and her home in Tallahassee. Susan’s wife, Isabelle, works for the State of Florida and is an active member of Temple Israel, a Reform Jewish congregation. Both have done volunteer work cooking and serving food at Tallahassee’s Kearney Center, the city’s homeless shelter. They have an elderly cat, Valkyrie, who rules their house. When she’s not serving God in the church, Susan serves the people of God through the healing therapeutic touch of her massage therapy practice in Tallahassee..