Appalachian Mission Center
My name is Susan Michael and I am the administrative supervisor for the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center.
I was born in Portsmouth, Ohio and grew up there. I attended Eastern Kentucky University and met my husband Eddie while in college. We were married in 1977, and moved back to Louisa when he took the head football coaching job at his old high school, and later became superintendent of the county schools.
We have two children, Jason and his wife Jamie live in San Diego, CA, Jason is the Tight Ends Coach for the San Diego Chargers. My daughter Jessica is a FMD Special Needs Teacher and her husband Bart is a math teacher and head football coach at Pineville High School, in Pineville, KY. They have blessed me with two beautiful grand children, Kade who is 5, and Masyn is 15 months old.
I have been with Father Beiting in some capacity on and off for close to 20 years. I first ran a youth center for the Christian Appalachian Project, then Father wanted to start a Ceramic Business and asked me to help out with that, in 2006 a part-time Pastoral Assistant job opened up at St. Jude and I applied for it and worked there part-time for about a year and then started working not only at the church but also part-time here at the Mission Center. In June of 2010 I was offered a full-time position here at the Mission Center and started full time as the bookkeeper.
My job consists of keeping the books, keeping the data base up to date, putting the Appalachian Spirit together, sending out the thank you letters and acknowledgements, and answering the phones, and anything else that I am asked to do. I have never worked with a more dedicated staff that is willing to do what it takes to help the people of Appalachia. I count my blessing for this job each and every day. Not only to have this job, but to truly feel we are making a difference in people’s lives.
In the few jobs that I have had in my life this has been the most fulfilling and rewarding job I have had. I love coming to work each and every day. I have met so many wonderful people through our volunteers, and talking to donors on the phone. I love hearing their stories. How they know Father Beiting, be it through volunteering for him, hearing him talk at one of their churches, or just old friends.
Father Beiting has truly been an inspiration to me, he has given me so many opportunities, and also been patient with me at times. I have never in my life seen a man so dedicated to Christ and his work. He has blessed me not only with employment, but also spiritually through his hard work and dedication. You may email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org