Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard, MSW

Writer, College Instructor, Presbyterian Minister, Mom

The award-winning essays and poetry of Susan Baller-Shepard has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post's "On Faith" section, Spirituality & Health magazine, Writer’s Digest, Joan Chittister's "Monasteries of the Heart" blog, the Tattooed Buddha, and other publications. Her poetry was regularly featured on WGLT-FM radio and appears in journals and anthologies. Susan was an undergraduate in the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop,and has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for twenty-five years. She also has a master's degree in Social Work. Susan has held leadership positions in the local and regional levels of the church, and has worked on a variety of international development projects in parts of Africa, Brazil, China, and Haiti. She has also served as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences, including the "Examined Life Conference" at the University of Iowa's Carver Medical School. Susan teaches Literature of the Bible and Major World Religions at Heartland Community College. You can read more of her writing at the site she co-founded: .