New BJS Associate Director’s Resume – Excellence and Faithfulness to the Gospel

Last week we announced that BJS has taken a significant step of faith to move the organization forward by creating an Associate Director’s position and hiring Suzanne Zobel to fill it. Suzanne has a long history of excellence and faithfulness to our Lord’s Gospel and we are pleased that she will be devoting her time to helping us accomplish the goals of the organization that reach beyond this website.

Suzanne comes to BJS fresh from her service at the Lutheran Heritage Foundation which included travel to mission fields in Africa where she helped to organize women’s groups. She also did a fair amount of teaching the women once they were organized. Amongst the topics she taught were Reformation history and Luther’s doctrine of the freedom of the Christian. Suzanne also has experience in grant writing, volunteer coordination,  setting up programs of Christian education, speaking and conducting workshops.

Suzanne’s education  has served her well and fits nicely into what BJS is doing.  She has a BA from Valparaiso with emphases in German, psychology and math. She is also certified as a DCE  and in secondary education  (Concordia –  Seward, Nebraska) with an emphasis on theology and history. In addition she has completed all of her course work for a doctorate in educational testing from the University of Minnesota. Her DCE training and  work in the  mission field and several LCMS congregations around the country have equipped her to help BJS be better organized to rally men and women around the Lutheran Confessions and in support of new Lutheran media.

Most importantly, and what does not show up on a resume is Suzanne’s commitment to conservative and confessional theology, the traditional-historical liturgy and properly distinguishing law and gospel. Our favorite story illustrating all of these took place on one of her trips to east Africa. Suzanne was teaching  a group of  African women eager to learn more about Lutheranism.  Many of the men from the tribe were gathered just outside of the hut and were straining to listen to the teaching. Neither Suzanne nor the gathered women were interested in letting the men in –  Suzanne because she is committed to the Scriptural teaching on vocation  and has no interest in usurping the  office of the ministry and the tribeswomen because they  were selfishly interested in guarding Suzanne’s time for themselves. Suzanne knows Biblical theology well and her work with BJS may include some teaching and leading of women. Primarily though, it is God’s gifts to her of organization and coordinating skills that will help BJS better complete its goals. We are looking forward to what the Lord will do through our group in the coming years and are convinced that the addition of our Associate Director will bring wonderful blessings to the organization. If you are able to help us financially toward those goals we invite you to make use of the fundraising button on the top of the page or contact us for further information.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


New BJS Associate Director’s Resume – Excellence and Faithfulness to the Gospel — 4 Comments

  1. Thanks! Actually, Michigan gains a closer tie with BJS! Since one of our emphases is new Lutheran media — and as such the use of so much currently available technology — we’re operating a “virtual office” which allows me to remain here in Michigan, at my current congregation (St. John, Ray Township, MI), and with the Confessions study groups I have been privileged to attend. @Dave Lambert #1

  2. Suzanne,
    Hertzliche Wilkommen!!!! Wo bist du, dieser lange Tagen?! Auf Englisch bitte,
    it is erksome not to be able to have a German keyboard. I’m sure our family & friends would love it if we did!

    Where, have you been keeping yourself?! Many here, have a great need to hear you say, from those things listed above. I’m so glad, to see, an in-house blessing, encouraged to do, what it is we girlies, are gifted & allowed to do. What a joy it will be, to have someone, as yourself, to teach & speak, w/o having to go “outside” the denom for edification & instruction purposes! And still retain the in depth, discussions we girlies who post here, look to. I can’t wait to see how far & how fast you run!!!
    Im Jesu Alweg,

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