Rev. Susan Feurzeig
Pastor Susan Feurzeig was born and raised in Massachusetts in a non-practicing Jewish family. Singing in the choir of the local Unitarian church instilled in her a deep desire to know God. Her parents’ service ethic and generosity inspired her to serve people. After graduating from the University of Chicago, then studying English and theater at Columbia, she worked in Chicago as a college composition instructor. Her students’ stories touched her heart, and she realized she wanted to reach people on a deeper level. At the same time, she was exploring her Jewish roots and then was invited to the Unity church, where she first heard the gospel. In the wake of 9/11, she heard her call to ministry.
Receiving her M. Div. from Boston University School of Theology, she served United Methodist churches in Massachusetts and Connecticut for seven years. In 2014, she left the pastorate for a year of leave in Texas to explore mission communities, which turned into several years working in homeless mission. In Atlanta, she co-founded Fresh Start Community to bring showers to women and men on the street, joined St. John’s Atlanta, the Lutheran church that hosted the mission, and entered the Lutheran ministry process. In fall of 2019, she was called to serve Luther Memorial.
Pastor Susan lives with her two cats, Lily and Devin. If it were up to her, she would have a whole menagerie. She loves farms and woods and is happiest when she’s on the land with animals of all kinds. In season, she enjoys volunteering at Brady Farm (the agricultural outreach of Brady Faith Center). She also appreciates the energy and diversity of the city. She envisions the church of Pentecost, where people from all walks of life gather to worship and serve. Her dream for Luther Memorial is a community garden that would help us feed the neighborhood and meet our neighbors, too.
Although she no longer acts or directs, she appreciates all kinds of theater from Shakespeare to comedy improvisation and enjoys taking in the shows at Syracuse Stage.
A favorite Bible verse that has sustained her in challenging times is Jeremiah 29:11:
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
These words have proven many times to be true.
Pastor Susan is committed to building mission and relationship in the local community (North Syracuse and beyond), living out Luther’s understanding that through Christ we are all connected to one another, freed by grace to serve God and our neighbor.