Rev. Susan "Sue" A. Webley (She/Her/Hers) is an advocate for the traumatized, ostracized, villainized, and stigmatized. She is the editor of the anthology At the Table: Words of Faith, Affirmation, and Inspiration for LGBT Believers of Color (ISBN 9780615820774), created to bring messages of hope, love, acceptance, reconciliation, and restoration to those rejected for walking in their authenticity.
Rev. Sue's mission in life is to help young people - particularly those who exist on the margins - realize their purpose, tap into their Divine-given potential, and embrace their power. Ordained to the Gospel ministry in 2016, she is an Associate Pastor and the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Rivers of Living Water Ministries, UCC. There, she serves youth and young adults primarily, and the congregation overall, under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Bishop-Elect Vanessa M. Brown. Rev. Sue is also the National Minister of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) led by Presiding Prelate Bishop Yvette A. Flunder.
Radical inclusivity and the intentional creation of open and affirming spaces are at the core of Rev. Sue's belief system and work. As such, she sits on the boards of two faith-based organizations within the community - LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, an advocacy and educational organization designed to "oppose discrimination, exclusion, or intimidation of LGBT persons in church communities," and Parity, formed to assist congregations and faith organizations in becoming more LGBTQIA sensitive and celebratory."
Rev. Sue believes that every human being is born to do something great on the earth. As the founder of Encourage. Empower. Educate.TM she strives, using motivational quotes, videos, workshops, and more, to assist individuals in releasing the issues that serve as an anchor to mediocrity.
Rev. Sue is a student at New York Theological Seminary, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. She recently wrapped up a year-long project designed to help young adults, impacted by faith-based trauma, heal from their experience. She is now in the process of compiling additional installments of the At the Table series and penning a more personal work, Pushing Past You: From Limitation to Liberation, scheduled for release in Fall 2020.
She resides in East Orange, NJ.