Shenkel UCC, began her work here in January 2020. Suzanne is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She graduated with her Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary). Her undergraduate degree is in Bible from Baptist Bible College (now Clarks Summit University). Before entering seminary, Suzanne served as a missionary for 16 years in Brazil and Asia with a Baptist mission board.
Suzanne is an avid reader and also enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, gardening and cooking.
Director of Music Ministry
Susan Royer has been an organist for over 40 years, having served numerous churches in the southeastern Pennsylvania area, including Shenkel in the 1980’s and then again more recently since 2014. She has also been a frequent interim and guest organist for various local churches.
A life-long member of the United Church of Christ, Shenkel UCC is the church of her childhood, and of her parents, so it holds a special place in her heart. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Christian Education from Defiance College. In addition, she has operated the thriving Grace Notes Piano Studio since 1990, and is the Co-Founder of Make Music Upper Perk, a day-long, community-wide music festival in the Upper Perkiomen Valley. She is a mother of 3, and a grandmother of 7 to date. Her husband is UCC pastor, the Reverend Homer Royer Jr., who is also a son of the congregation.