A Desire to Affect Women's Lives
Jefferson City native Susan Jaramillo-Acree enjoyed a long career with Home Depot, rising to National Sales Manager in Atlanta. Most recently she was Director of Sales and Marketing for another company there and returned to Missouri in August. She is completing her MBA at William Woods University and is in the create program at Central.
Mother of two, a member of Junior League, and an adviser to the WWU Delta Gamma chapter, Susan's goal is to continue leadership roles, use her MBA, and serve her community. She wants to affect change in women’s lives, both nationally and internationally, with her speaking and writing.
Central Names Project Director for New Initiative
Jackson and her husband began serving as co-pastors of Gage Park Baptist Church in Topeka about six months ago, and they understand the issues pastors and churches face with regard to compensation. She looks forward to getting started and even began some preliminary work at the recent EMERGE conference where she was participating with other new clergy and seminarians and meeting American Baptist denominational personnel. Said Jackson, “I am truly delighted about directing this innovative project. As a pastoral leader, I am passionate about sustaining the ministries of local congregations and individual ministers; and finances figure into ministry health for both churches and leaders. The Lilly Grant affords us the opportunity to collect vital information, to create meaningful collaboration, and to provide beneficial education about the ‘Economics of Ministry.’ I anticipate the formation of partnerships among seminarians, church pastors, judicatory leaders, financial coaches, and the seminary community. What an exciting time to be a part of Central!”
Each aspect of the initiative – research, education, and collaboration – will reconfigure the landscape of student debt, support an educational model that prepares graduates to understand the financial metrics of ministry, and encourage strengthened partnerships with churches and communities. Jackson will manage these efforts to address and remediate the economic challenges pastoral leaders face in ways that help ministers and the churches they serve to flourish.