Susi Parks Grissom


A South Carolina native and a graduate of Agnes Scott College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Susi moved to Dallas in 1978, when Jerry and Susi married.  Susi has two children – Gillian (McKinney, TX) and Andrew (Los Angeles, CA) – and welcomed son-in-law, Thomas Locke, into the family in 2011.  A former elementary school guidance counselor, Susi became the librarian at Travis Vanguard and Academy (Dallas ISD) in 2000, where she had the privilege of working with a number of outstanding students from the First Presbyterian/Dallas church family. Retiring in June 2016, she has continued to be active with a number of library organizations, substituted in Dallas school libraries, and volunteered for Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Arts.

Jerry and Susi joined FPC Dallas in 1984, and being a member of the church has been formative for both her spiritual and personal growth.  An ordained elder, Susi served on the Worship Council, preparing lay readers for leadership in Sunday morning worship. Susi has taught children, youth, and adults in church school, Worship 101, Vacation Bible School, and Confirmation Classes. She enjoyed working on the Sesquicentennial Steering Committee that planned the special events that celebrated FPC’s 150th birthday. A favorite FPC memory for Susi is being the Voice of God in the 2006 production of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde. Susi and Jerry are particularly grateful for the role the church played in helping them raise their children. She is very thankful for the relationships that she has cherished over the past 33 years.