The Joy Ranch team is so proud to have an opportunity for you to get to know our incredible, wise, & godly Executive Director, Susan Huxster!
A southerner at heart, Susan was born in Texas & raised in North Carolina in a family that instilled in her Christian values. She made a decision to trust Jesus Christ at a young age & soon she began to feel a call to commit her life to ministry. Susan has worked in ministry positions for many years, from North Carolina, to Europe, to Chicago; she does not shy away from where the Lord is calling her! Before moving to Joy Ranch, Susan worked at a Children’s Home in Arizona for over seven years.
She felt the Lord leading her to make the move to Joy Ranch 3 years ago. Although she was nervous about taking such a leap of faith, she trusted the Lord’s provision & decided to follow His call all the way from Mesa, Arizona to Woodlawn, Virginia! She started her work here as the Residential Director, & last April she was asked by the board to prayerfully consider accepting the role of Executive Director. After much prayer, thought, & guidance, she accepted the offer. Now, almost a year later, Susan has brought innovation, countless new ideas, & endless enthusiasm to the hills of our campus.
Amongst her many strengths, Susan is an excellent mediator, a kind & listening leader, & a director with a solid vision. In her free time, she enjoys playing pickle ball, hiking, & being involved with Rotary Club and The Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. She has 3 amazing kids, 2 grandchildren & 2 adorable cats! Although she is incredibly busy, Susan thrives on interpersonal interactions & hot chocolate, so get in touch with us through our email or Facebook to set up a time to meet her in person!
About Joy Ranch, Susan feels very strongly that our work here is to honor Jesus Christ: “Joy Ranch first & foremost belongs to God. The Joy Ranch team has been called and entrusted to be stewards, to work together as a body, & to live out our mission of providing a loving, Christian home for children in crisis.”
If you would like to know more of Susan’s story, get in touch with us & we would love to tell you more!