Combining humor and
Susan Sparks ’84 is a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister. After 10 years as a lawyer moonlighting as a standup, she left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and driving the Alaska Highway. Upon returning home, she entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned a Master of Divinity and wrote an honors thesis on humor and religion.
Currently, she is the senior pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City (and the first woman in its 162-year history). She is the recent recipient of an award from Intersections International for her interfaith work to promote reconciliation among diverse communities. Her new book, "Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor", was released in 2010. We were honored to have Susan as a guest speaker during this year’s annual meeting, speaking on a panel about books.