Dr. Susan (Suzii) Youngblood Paynter
Childhood hometown ‒ San Antonio, Texas
Current residence ‒ Austin, Texas
Married ‒ Roger Allen Paynter (1971)
Children ‒ Grayson Paynter
Mary Kathryn Paynter
2012 Honorary Doctorate
Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas
1993 Educational Administration
Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.
1979 Master of Education
Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas
1972 Bachelor of Arts in English and History
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
2001 ‒2012 Baptist General Convention of Texas: Director, Advocacy & Care Center;
Director, Christian Life Commission; Director of Public Policy, Christian
1989 – 2001 Publishing and Literacy Policy: Director, Professional Development
Benchmark Education Publishing Company; SYP Management &
Consulting, Reading Recovery Council of North America Implementation and Federal
Policy; Editing Reading Specialist, MacMillian Publishing Company,
Great Southwest Region
1982 ‒ 1989 University Teaching: Instructor of Reading College of Education, Baylor
University; Instructor of Reading, Social Studies and Educational Methods
Stephen F. Austin University
1991 ‒ 1993 Public Education: Literacy Coordinator, Chapter I Federal Programs
Jackson Public School District, Reading Recovery
1997 – 2012 First Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
1989 ‒ 1996 Northminster Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi
1982 ‒ 1989 Lake Shore Baptist Church, Waco, Texas
1978 ‒ 1982 Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas
1975 ‒ 1978 Highland Park Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
1972 ‒ 1975 Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky
1968 ‒ 1972 Seventh and James Baptist Church, Waco, Texas
RECENT VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Baptist Joint Committee, Washington D.C., Board of Directors
Religious Liberty Council, Baptist Joint Committee, Washington D.C., Co-Chair
Alliance to End Hunger, Washington D.C., Member
T.B. Maston Foundation for Christian Ethics, Dallas, Texas, Board of Directors
Baptist World Aid, Baptist World Alliance, Falls Church, Va., Representative
Stop Predatory Gambling USA, Boston, Mass., Board of Directors
Council on Foreign Relations, New York, N.Y., Religion and Foreign Policy Team
Campaign for Common Sense & Sound Public Policy, Austin, Texas, Board of Directors
Baptist Child and Family Services, San Antonio, Texas, Board of Directors
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Atlanta, Ga., Coordinating Council At-Large Member
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Coordinating Council Member
William W. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society, Atlanta, Ga., President, Board of Directors
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, Austin, Texas, Founding Member, Board of Directors
Samaritan Counseling Centers of Central Texas, Austin, Texas, Chair, Board of Directors
Texas Impact, Statewide Interfaith Alliance, Austin Texas, Board of Directors
State of Texas Department of Aging and Disability Advisory Council, Aging Texas Well
Texans Against Gambling, Dallas, Texas, Board of Directors
Coalition for Public Schools, Statewide Education Advocacy, Austin, Texas, Chair, Board of Directors
Baptist representative for international delegation to Africa: Scaling Up Nutrition Faith
and Foreign Policy, Bread for the World, Gates Foundation Funding.
Religion and foreign policy leader, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, N.Y.
Regional partner for project development, Institute for American Values, New York, N.Y. (American Thrift Report).
Leadership Team of Baptist General Convention of Texas Hispanic Education Advisory Council, Abriendo Puertas and ISAAC, immigration ministries in partnership with Buckner International.
Texas Capitol Inside, Outstanding Special Issue Lobbyist, State of Texas 2003 - 2011.
Distinguished Service to Social Welfare Award from the North American Association of Christians in Social Work.
Outstanding Baptist Leader, Baptist Center for Ethics.
Sierra Club, USA, Featured for Leadership in Environmental Stewardship: Faith in Action: Communities of Faith Bring Hope for the Planet.
Exceptional service awards from: Samaritan Counseling Centers, STOP Predatory
Gambling U.S., Texas; American Association of Retired Persons; Texans
Standing Tall for policies limiting and preventing underage drinking; Criminal
Justice Coalition for advocacy related to prison reform and increasing the number of
Chaplains in Texas prisons.
Preaching and worship leadership in Texas, Truett Seminary, Logsdon Seminary and other CBF churches:
Sermon: This is What a Preacher Looks Like; Sermons by Baptist Women in
Retreat, symposium, workshop and public speaking to varied audiences.
Recent conference: Both and Ethics in an Either or World: Reflections on the T.B.