Pastor of Women’s Ministry and Worship
While life had been far from perfect when Susan Kent felt called into ministry, she had finally reached a point of contentment. After growing up the traveling child of an oilman — most of her years spent in Texas — everything seemed to finally be going according to plan following an earlier tragedy.
“I love teaching, and I think that’s what I had planned on doing,” says the Texas A&M graduate. “Once I had my first child, I really thought I’d be a stay-at-home mom for a while and then maybe go back to teaching. Then when my first husband passed away, I had to have a job.”
After the death of her husband in West Virginia, Susan moved in with her parents back in Kingwood. She eventually opened a children’s bookstore, which she owned for eight years. During that time, she met and married Robert, and they had three children. After the early tragedy, life was seemingly good again. Then God came knocking.
“After about six and a half years of (the bookstore), God started calling me out of that into something else,” she says. “I did not want to do that. I didn’t want to leave. I loved my store.”
She tried to compromise with God, but the Lord said no. He wanted her to do something else, but He wouldn’t tell her what that was until she gave up what she already had and went all-in.
“(God) kept putting Exodus 3 and 4 everywhere,” she says. “It was the whole Moses saying, ‘Let me offer up other options,’ and the Lord saying, ‘No.’” Susan saw the parallels between herself and the great Israelite.
Her resistance finally broke one Sunday morning when the pastor was using an illustration about Simon Birch.
“The light came through the stained glass window and was on my face and was so bright that everything actually turned black for me,” she says. “I couldn’t see anything. It cut out everything except that I could hear the words the preacher was saying.”
The message was just for her. She knew she had to give the bookstore up completely before she could move forward into God’s calling.
“I had to get to the point where I said, ‘Okay, my whole life is yours. Whatever you want me to do.’ That’s when I felt like He was calling me into ministry. I didn’t realize it was ordained ministry at the time.”
She took it one step at a time, and God prepared the road ahead of each step. He provided all the funds she needed to go to Asbury Seminary and He even initiated school policy changes so she didn’t have to be away from home and on campus as much as she thought she might have to.
Susan was attending church in Kingwood, but when it came time to do an internship/mentorship portion of seminary, she called up her friend Jessica LaGrone at The Woodlands UMC to see if there was a spot open at her church. Susan then interned in the church’s Worship Ministry.
Though there wasn’t a job in worship when she finished the internship, Dr. Robb called three months later to ask if she’d be interested in a part-time job under Dr. John Hull in the church’s Missions Ministry. She took it, and once she finished seminary, the church actually created a pastoral position for her.
In the summer of 2014, Susan expanded her role to include being Pastor of Women’s Ministry and Worship. As both of those roles continued to increase over the years, she stepped out of the Local Missions position, though serving through missions continues to be a passion she carries with her in all of her ministry roles.
Susan is married to Robert, an engineer, and they have four children: Caden, Cayley, Emma and Noah.