Sue developed her editing and communication skills serving ELCA churchwide ministries: Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) 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. These days, Sue works part time staffing the admissions desk at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and is happy to do what needs to be done as an independent consultant/contractor.
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. In December 2017, Sam-the-Dog joined the family. He’s a 54-lb Lab-Husky-Shepherd-Collie mix, who loves teddy bears and snuggles.
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.