From 2004 until Alban's closing on March 31, 2014 Susan worked as an Alban senior consultant with hundreds of congregations across the U.S. and in Canada.


Before joining Alban, Susan intertwined careers as a psychotherapist and independent congregational consultant. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, with expertise in helping her clients recover from trauma and abuse. She is an ordained Elder and District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church and has been a hospital chaplain and a parish pastor.


She writes, lectures and leads training workshops and retreats for clergy and laity on subjects such as managing conflict and change, clergy health and well-being, professional ethics and boundaries, the use of dialogue, developing staff, and strengthening leadership and revitalizing organizations.




•B.A., Central College, Pella IA

•M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theology Seminary, Evanston IL

•Doctoral course work in pastoral care and counseling, Luther Seminary, St. Paul MN and the University of MN, Department of Family Social Sciences

•Level II training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing of traumatic memories

•“Victim-Offender Mediation in Cases of Severe Political/Criminal Violence,” Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, St. Paul MN

•“Mediating Workplace Disputes” and “Conflict Coaching:” CDR Associates of Boulder CO

•“Managing Conflict Inside the Organization” The Program on Negotiation, Harvard University, Cambridge MA



Susan Nienaber

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