Veteran church leader tapped for Mid Council Relations post

by Toya Richards Jackson

sue_krummel_small150LOUISVILLE (PNS) The Reverend Susan Davis Krummel has accepted a call to the position of associate for Mid Council Relations, a post shared by the Office of the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

A seasoned pastor and former mid council executive, Krummel brings solid expertise and proven leadership to the role. “Sue’s successful work in congregations and at presbytery and synod levels makes her a perfect fit for this critical position, which facilitates effective partnership and common ministry between mid councils and PMA/OGA, and among mid councils,” said the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA).

“We are thrilled that Sue will be in this important role to foster faithful and fruitful relationships,” said Elder Linda Bryant Valentine, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. “Sue is well-known and highly respected throughout the church and will bring a wealth of experience and insight to our ministry as we serve the church together.”

Krummel was ordained as a teaching elder in 1980, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from the University of Illinois and a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Her first two calls were in Illinois, followed by service as a pastor in Iowa for seventeen years. Krummel has served congregations with membership ranging from 30 to 1,300 as pastor, co-pastor, interim pastor, and stated supply. While in Iowa she also served as stated clerk of East Iowa Presbytery.

In 2003 Krummel was called to Great Rivers Presbytery in Central Illinois, where she has served as executive/general presbyter and stated clerk. At the national level she has served the General Assembly as a member and moderator of the General Assembly Nominating Committee; as a committee assistant for commissioner committees; and as a commissioner to the General Assembly twice. In 2012 she stood for election as moderator of the General Assembly.

“I look forward to serving with the leadership of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Office of the General Assembly in this time filled with possibilities,” Krummel said. “As the ways ‘we have always done things’ are in a time of transition, it will be exciting to see what God is calling us to be and do.”

“The position of associate for Mid Council Relations has the potential to be a bridge and a connector between the vital work that happens at the national level of our denomination and the equally vital work that is carried out by and through mid councils,” she said.

Krummel is married to the Reverend Dr. Forrest Krummel, pastor of First Federated Church in Peoria, Ill. They have two adult daughters, who are both educators, and six grandchildren. She begins her new position on June 1.