The members of the Pastor Nominating Committee were pleased to present Rev. Susan Takis as our selection to be your next Pastor. We felt that she was the candidate best suited to meet our needs and take us into the future. Pastor Susan loves to preach and brings energy and vitality to the pulpit. Her sense of humor was evident in the stories we shared during her interviews. At the same time, we could also perceive her commitment to pastoral care, the sacraments, openness to new ideas for creative worship and her desire to teach and proclaim God’s word. Born and raised in Atlanta, Susan received her BA in Drama and French from Furman University, Master of Fine Arts in Theater from SMU, Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary and has completed several courses toward her Doctor of Ministry.
She has taught classes at numerous conferences and leadership institutes for the St. Augustine Presbytery. As the moderator of the theological competence exam task group for PC(USA), she writes and administers theology exams for seminary students seeking ordination. Prior to her call in Ministry, she was a theatrical lighting designer for theaters in around the country, designing mainly for opera and musicals. In her free time, Pastor Susan enjoys reading, movies, theater, and especially singing in choral groups. She is currently a member of the Heritage Singers of Jacksonville.
“Susan is a fabulous worship leader. Her services are creative and meaningful, and her sermons give life to scripture. And she can’t wait to come to Wildwood.” Rev. John Ragsdale, Presbytery of St. Augustine
“I would not have been so bold as to ask God to provide someone with all the education, experience and theological/spiritual depth I know Susan has. Nor would I have expected the PNC to find her so quickly. God was clearly involved in the process! She is going to be a blessing for this church and I look forward to hearing all the new ways the church is growing in ministry and in your relationships with God and each other.” Pastor Mary McKey
We would like to thank you for your prayers and support during the nominating process and the election of Pastor Susan.
Pastor Nominating of First Presbyterian Church Wildwood
Mike England, Co-Chair Dru Movizzo, Co-Chair
Harvey Blakely Neville Cullen
Louise Fahey Joyce Houchens
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Farewell, best wishes and thanks to Pastor Mary
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