Title: Christian Science Practitioner
Company: Susan Ward Jostyn, C. S.
Education: Master of Theological Studies, Boston University School of Theology (2020); Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1994); Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992)
Career History: Deputy Ecumenical Officer, The First Church of Christ, Scientist (2019-2022); Ecumenical Associate, The First Church of Christ, Scientist (2016-2019); Public Speaker, Christian Science Board of Lectureship (2007-2012); Manager, The First Church of Christ, Scientist (2001-2013); Owner and Manager, Product Development Consulting (1998-1999); Director of Engineering, Extrude Hone Corporation (1996-1998); Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer, Design Continuum (1994-1996); Engineering Intern, Schlumberger (1990-1992)
Susan “Susie” Ward Jostyn, a Christian Science Practitioner, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for her contributions and achievements in the field of religion.
Attributing her success to her compassion, listening, and problem-solving skills, as well as her strong ability to facilitate, collaborate, and work well with others, Ms. Jostyn has been a Christian Science practitioner since 1999. She has dedicated her career to helping improve people’s lives—be it their mental and physical health, relationships, and/or ability to resolve conflicts—through faith-based healing. She is listed as a practitioner in The Christian Science Journal, where she has been published several times. In addition, she has written articles for periodicals such as The Christian Science Monitor, and the Sentinel and Herald of Christian Science. As a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and as an independent speaker, she has addressed both public and private audiences in Europe, South America, India, Australia, and around the United States.
Ms. Jostyn has held several roles at The First Church of Christ, Scientist. She was Deputy Ecumenical Officer from 2019 to 2022, an Ecumenical Associate from 2016 to 2019, Clerk’s Office Web Manager from 2010-2013, Co-Manager of Youth activities and Manager of Global Sunday Schools from 2007 to 2010, and held various other managerial and supporting roles starting from 2001.
Susie is also the Founder and a Board member of Kinship Farm, a non-profit organization that aims to “cultivate good in the world” by cultivating ideas and projects related to spirituality, relationships, and the environment; striving to love God and all creation as ourselves; and working in interfaith, ecumenical, and non-partisan ways. She also occasionally volunteers for other service-oriented organizations in her community.
Before becoming a Christian Science practitioner, Ms. Jostyn excelled in the engineering field—starting as an engineering intern at Schlumberger from 1990 to 1992, then a Project Manager and mechanical engineer at Design Continuum from 1994 to 1996, then Director of Engineering at Extrude Hone Corporation from 1996 to 1998, and then owner and manager of her own product development consulting firm from 1998 to 1999.
As a testament to her excellent work in numerous fields over the years, Ms. Jostyn has been honored with recognitions such as: Outstanding Performance award by the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival in 1991, Academic All-American Field Hockey team by CoSIDA/CSC in 1991, Achievement Reward for College Scientists by the ARCS Foundation in 1993, Women’s Masters Ultimate Frisbee championship team in 1997, Team USA member for the World Ultimate Frisbee Championship in 1998, Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 by PUMP in 2001, and Brother Jeffrey Gros Memorial Fund Student Prize by the North American Academy of Ecumenists in 2017.
Ms. Jostyn looks forward to continuing to love, watch, listen, and apply her gifts and talents the best she can to help people worldwide.