Susie Bjork was born and raised in Los Alamos, NM. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and went on to receive her Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), in Berkeley. While at seminary, she met her husband, Dave Winter, who was studying theology at a partner school within the GTU. Susie was ordained at First Congregational United Church of Christ of Colorado Springs in March 2009 and began her ministry at Bay Shore Church in Long Beach in April 2009. Susie is responsible for various pastoral duties including worship leadership, pastoral care, and providing direction to the Christian Education ministries of the church for children, youth, and adults; a ministry she approaches with a passion for learning and spiritual formation for all ages. Susie enjoys the arts (especially visual journaling and multimedia work) and is passionate about the intersection between creativity and spirituality. She is committed to helping to foster a warm, caring church community where all people are welcome, affirmed, and invited to grow and serve together.