Susan Pacella


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Susan has been a dedicated part of the Gateway Church family since 2001. In addition to her professional work as a speech pathologist and life coach in the LanChester area, she has served on Gateway’s worship team, KidMin team, and Strategic Leadership Team. Susan and her husband, Jon, have four teenagers and spend much of their free time supporting the Pequea Valley school community at sporting and music events.

With a background in speech pathology, business ownership, and life coaching, along with 23 years of partnership with Gateway, Susan brings a unique combination of experiences and skills to her role as COEO. She is excited about the privilege to coach and collaborate with the Gateway team to create environments and opportunities for everyone to encounter Jesus, experience community, and embrace their God-given mission.

As COEO, Susan oversees day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning, including the annual budget, under the guidance of the Elder Team and Lead Pastor. She directs and equips Gateway staff to execute responsibilities aligned with the church’s mission and vision. Additionally, she collaborates directly with the Lead Pastor in shepherding, leading, and equipping all who call Gateway their home, fostering a culture of personal development anchored in pursuing Jesus’ will on earth.

A fun fact about Susan is that she loves to dance and has a hard time standing still when a fun song is playing in the background.

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