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Susan Powell

Susan delights in accompanying others on their spiritual journeys with God. As a spiritual director, she seeks to hold space for others, listening and looking for the ways in which our Triune God may be moving, inviting and speaking into one’s soul through the everyday particulars of life. Because of her own healing journey, Susan is especially drawn to how life’s disorienting events can affect one’s relationship with God. Through contemplative practices, Susan encourages a more embodied relationship with God inviting a person beyond what they can know about God into how they can more fully experience Him and His healing touch. Married to Mark and proud mom to three, perfectly in process adult TCKs, Susan enjoys swimming, Pilates and learning about the intersection of faith/spirituality and neuroscience.

Susan and Mark began their overseas journey in 2008 by serving at Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany from which all three of their children graduated. After 5 years of TCK ministry, they moved into member care and continue in those roles today with Barnabas International. Initially trained as an educator, Susan began her journey in equipping herself to care for global workers in 2014 with a coaching certification through CRM. In 2016, Susan trained as a debriefer through LeRucher and then in 2017, she and her husband Mark entered a two-year Spiritual Direction training program through Sustainable Faith. Upon completing her spiritual direction certification in 2019, Susan was invited to join as a teaching assistant with a newly formed cohort and later in 2022 became a teacher with Sustainable Faith. She is currently leading a cohort of other member care providers through the two-year training program. Additionally, Susan is a trained supervisor of spiritual directors and is trained to accompany retreatants through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Most recently, Susan has completed two short courses on Trauma Informed Spiritual Direction through the Companioning Center.