Susan Laing joined the St. C's staff as part-time pastoral assistant in October, 2017. She came to St. Columba's with her family in the mid-1970s and has held many ministry leadership roles over the years. Most recently she was instrumental in starting "Stirring the Waters: A Racial Justice Ministry."
Susan served from 1999-2013 as academic coordinator for our long running STEP ministry (St. Columba's-Truesdell Education Partnership) where we sponsored a class of "Dreamers" from their time at Truesdell Elementary School until they graduated from college. Her role went far beyond what the title implies, however. Susan says, " I often met with Dreamers one-on-one, especially as they navigated their high school years, sometimes to advise them on issues they were struggling with and other times just to listen. And I think that's one of the things I learned about pastoral care--the importance of really listening to and empathizing with someone."