How Susan Hunt Beat the Evangelical Machine

Susan isn’t a big personality. She’s just a little woman who has done very big things

Susan doesn’t care about her profile or her status in the evangelical market. She cares about God’s people and she cares about the truth. Sure, Susan has participated in big conferences, speaking to many people. There were plenty of opportunities for her to become one of the gears in the evangelical machine, well-oiled and programed for big numbers and accolades. But she didn’t.

 

Last weekend I had the privilege to attend a women’s conference featuring Susan Hunt as the speaker. It was a small gathering at a quaint, PCA church in Frederick, MD. Faith PCA was hospitable enough to open their event to the local churches. And so 106 women from 15 different churches filled their modest sanctuary.

Have you heard of Susan Hunt? Maybe not. She wasn’t at any of the recent major women’s conferences. You didn’t see her at the last TGC or the IF:Gathering. She isn’t tweeting or podcasting. I don’t think she’s done any rounds at the homeschool conventions and she certainly doesn’t carry nunchucks. But Susan is tough, and she has influenced both men and women in the church.

The first reason I would call such a graceful and classy woman like Susan tough is because she pioneered the women’s education and ministries for the PCA church. She was the first official Director of Women’s Ministries for the PCA (Georgia Settle established the women’s ministry for the PCA), accepting a position that had absolutely no material for her to work with, except her Bible. Susan created the material, writing books educating women on their design, engaging in the lies our culture wants us to believe, highlighting the importance of gender distinction, and working with others such as Ligon Duncan to write on the importance of women’s ministry in the local church and how to start one. Susan made the curriculum for women and their churches. And she didn’t stop there. She has written for children and teens as well.

Susan Hunt superseded her job description of Director of Women’s Ministries for the PCA because she didn’t only care for women in the PCA. Susan speaks to those who who listen. And she doesn’t think of herself too highly or her time more valuable than others. You don’t need to have at least 500 people and $5,000 to invite Susan to speak at your church. You will find her walking around, getting to know the women who are there to listen and learn. How many speakers do you know who give away their personal email in the handouts?

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