Director of Transformation Ministries at First Trinity Lutheran Church, Tonawanda, New York
Susan Steege has been in ministry at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Tonawanda, New York, since graduating from Concordia University, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and a Director of Christian Education Certificate in 1984. During her time at First Trinity, Steege has served in many educational and leadership roles; she currently serves as the Director of Transformation Ministries (discipleship ministries).
Over the years, Steege has led efforts to develop and maintain ministries for high school students, middle school students and adults. She created Bible studies, discipleship and education programs for all ages, adult education class materials, team building activities, Servant Leadership 101 classes and an Everyday Faith program for parents to help them nurture faith in Jesus in their homes every day. She also leads Vacation Bible School, develops children’s messages for worship services and creates a weekly kids’ worship sheet that connects children’s activities and prayers with the worship theme each week.
Steege served as interim executive leader during a two-year pastoral vacancy, handling day-to-day operations along with her regular responsibilities. She mentors and supports junior colleagues, lay leaders and DCE interns placed in the church. She also volunteers as a team leader for annual Haiti mission trips.
She has been a facilitator for the National Youth Gathering planning committee and the team leader for servant events and interest centers for the Gathering.
Steege also has extensive experience with KINDLE (Karpenko Institute for Nurturing and Developing Leadership Excellence). She served as an instructor, a dean of the “Classic KINDLE Flagship Initiative” and a board member for the institute itself.
Mindful of the personal spiritual needs of church workers and lay leaders, Steege has published two devotionals: “KINDLING the Heart of the Servant Leader” and “KINDLING the Heart of the Christ-Like Servant Leader” through Strobickan Press. She also writes a staff blog and has spoken at a variety of Christian events over her career, including district and national Lutheran conferences, women’s conferences and training events.
In 2010 Susan was named Master DCE by the National Association of Directors of Christian Education and in 2015 Concordia University Nebraska named her Master Educator.