October 17, 1950, Port Angeles, Washington.

July 23, 2004, Peralta, New Mexico.


Susan was the second of two girls in the family. Her father worked for the National Park Service, so Susan enjoyed growing up in National Parks and Historic Sites across America.

She did her undergraduate work at Stanford University and earned a BS in mathematics in 1972. The next year she took a one-year graduate program at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon, and received a Certificate of Bible upon completion.

She decided not to pursue a career in computer science, as she had originally intended, instead embarking on a series of jobs in which she honed her office skills and gained some missions experience. She spent 1976 in Tanzania under the Africa Inland Mission. Upon her return, she settled in Portland, Oregon, where she learned word processing and did editing and proofreading.

In 1990, Susan decided to go back to school to learn how to work with visually impaired and blind adults. She received her MA in rehabilitation teaching of the blind from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1991. She then moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she worked as an editor and desktop publishing technician for 10 years and did volunteer rehabilitation teaching in her spare time. Much of Susan’s editing and desktop publishing work was on books produced by the Missions Commission of World Evangelical Alliance, including Working Your Way to the Nations, Too Valuable to Lose, Send Me!, Global Missiology for the 21st Century, and Doing Member Care Well. She also worked part time for Emergency World, a company that produced training materials for emergency response personnel. Susan moved back to Oregon in 2002, where she continued the same work she did in Colorado.

For several years, Susan worked with Wycliffe Associates as part of a team that helped keyboard Bibles and New Testaments that were printed before the age of computers and that needed to be put into electronic format, so that they could be updated or adapted for other languages.

Susan’s career as a hymn writer began in 1997, when she set a goal of writing 100 hymns. Her method was to select a passage of Scripture for each song and then find a hymn tune that seemed to fit the passage. She thus combined the enduring Word of God with melodies that have stood the test of time. Her songs were a blessing to her, and she was pleased to be able to share them with others.

  1. Alpha, Omega
  2. Ascribe to the Lord Our God
  3. Be Now Imitators of Your Lord
  4. Be Strong in God
  5. Behold, These Words Are Trustworthy and True
  6. Blest Are the Poor
  7. Blest Is the Man
  8. Christ a Blind Man Saw One Day
  9. Clothe Yourself with Humility
  10. Come and Hear the Words of Jesus
  11. Come unto Me
  12. Count It Joy
  13. Cursed Is the One Who Trusts in Man
  14. Do Not Be Surprised
  15. Do Not Worry
  16. Earth Belongs to the Lord, The
  17. Everyone Should Be Quick to Listen
  18. Faith Means We’re Sure
  19. Faith of Our Brothers
  20. For unto Us a Child Is Born
  21. Give Thanks to God the Lord
  22. God, Keep Me Safe
  23. God Most High, We Praise You
  24. God, the Blessed and Only Ruler
  25. God the Lord Does Ask
  26. Hallelujah, Praise the Lord!
  27. He Has Given Us His Promises
  28. Hear Now My Praise, O Lord
  29. Holy, Holy, Lord Almighty
  30. How Can I, Lord, Keep My Way Pure?
  31. How Good It Is, Lord
  32. How Great the Love
  33. How Many Are Your Works, Lord
  34. I Am the Lord, Your God
  35. I Am the Vine
  36. I Extol You, O Lord
  37. I Kneel Before You, Lord
  38. I Praise You, Lord
  39. If Any Person Is in Christ
  40. If You Love Me
  41. If You Would Come After Me
  42. In You, O Lord, I Put My Trust
  43. It Is Good to Praise th’Almighty
  44. Jesus, the Good Shepherd
  45. Jonah
  46. Just Trust in Me
  47. Kingdom of Your Heavenly Father, The
  48. Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled
  49. Let Your Mindset Be the Same
  50. Live with Each Other in Love
  51. Lord, I Extol Your Name
  52. Lord, We Come and Offer Praise
  53. Lord, You Have Been Our Dwelling
  54. Lord, You Have Searched Me
  55. Lord, You’ve Called Us as Your Servants
  56. Love Must Be Sincere and Honest
  57. Lovely, O Lord, Is Your Dwelling Place
  58. Majestic Is Your Name
  59. Man Named Nicodemus, A
  60. My God, in Whom I Trust
  61. My Light and My Salvation
  62. My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone
  63. Now Let Us Love Each Other
  64. Now That You’ve Tasted
  65. O Come, Let Us Sing
  66. O God, You Are My God
  67. O Lord, Life Is Sacred
  68. O Lord, You Reign o’er Earth and Sea
  69. O Lord, You’re My Shepherd
  70. O May All the Peoples Praise You
  71. O Shout for Joy
  72. Oh, How Majestic and Glorious
  73. Oh, the Depth of God’s Wisdom
  74. One Day There’ll Be New Earth and Heaven
  75. One Named Lazarus
  76. Praise Be unto Our God
  77. Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him
  78. Praise, O Servants of the Lord
  79. Praise the Lord, My Soul
  80. Put Off Your Old Self Wholly
  81. Rejoice in God
  82. Savior, Like a Shepherd
  83. Since Through God’s Mercy
  84. Since We Are Now Surrounded
  85. Since We Have Confidence
  86. Sing to the Lord
  87. Sing with Joy
  88. This God’s Our God
  89. Though I Speak
  90. To Whom Will You Compare God?
  91. Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
  92. Unto You I Lift My Soul Up
  93. Up to the Hills I Look
  94. We Now Have Peace with God
  95. We Thank You, Lord
  96. Wedding Took Place, A
  97. Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant
  98. What Good Can Come?
  99. What Shall We Say?
  100. Where Can One Look for Wisdom?

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