A theologically astute communication professional with expert editorial skills, Sue is known for mission-driven constituent engagement. For 23 years, Sue served ELCA churchwide ministries: Lutheran Woman Today magazine, ELCA Colleges and Universities, ELCA World Hunger Appeal and ELCA Missionary Sponsorship. A globally seasoned photographer, she’s gathered stories in China, India, Peru, Chile, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Germany and Slovakia. Recently, she worked for the Bethesda Institute, a division of Bethesda Lutheran Communities, focusing on resourcing congregations for ministry with adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Sue and her husband, Paul Edison-Swift, began hyphenated-life three months after graduation from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1988, they moved to the Chicago area, where they both began work at the newly formed ELCA Churchwide Office. In 2011, they returned to Wisconsin for Sue to begin work at Bethesda. In 2016, they moved to Decorah, Iowa.
Paul continues in ELCA Churchwide service, working full time from home. Sue now shares the home-office, working on freelance and contract projects.
The Rev. Anne and Sean Edison-Albright, Sue and Paul’s daughter and son-in-law, are also hyphenates. They live in Decorah, Iowa, with their children, Walter and Sally, and Hank-the-Dog.
Sue and Paul are members of First Lutheran in Decorah.