Susan Payne, MS, MSCC


I have enjoyed the people, culture, and food of DC, Boston, California, Kentucky, Philly, England, and Japan… even though I am a mid-western Michigan girl at heart. Being moved by the deep relational and spiritual needs seen through women’s and small group ministry and my twenty years working as a speech therapist (Gallaudet University), I later returned to school for a master’s degree in Christian counseling (Cairn University).

My participation in Deeper Journey gave me the clarity and courage to pursue my calling. I now specialize in grief recovery, coming alongside people as they adjust to life’s twists and turns. I am passionate about the importance of living in community and have enjoyed leading small groups and training leaders. Co-leading the Deeper Journey Philly retreats with my husband is a privilege and a gift. I also serve as a Christian counselor with Serving Leaders Ministry.

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