The Rev. Susan M. Bame has served Lutheran Chapel Lutheran Church since December 2016. She served as interim pastor until July 2017 when she was called to serve the congregation full time. Pastor Susan is a second-career pastor, having taught in both the Rowan-Salisbury and Kannapolis City School Systems. She has also served St. Paul Lutheran Church, Statesville; Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Mocksville; and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Mt. Holly.

She is a graduate of A.L Brown High School in Kannapolis, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. She is mom to Christopher Bame, who serves in the US Army and is stationed at Ft. Bragg, and Laura Bame Messenger of China Grove, who is married to Brian Messenger. Pastor Susan is Grandma to Emma Messenger.


She loves to engage in pastoral care, preach the authentic Gospel for all people, and teach in faith formation and Bible study. Her passions are being with family, reading (biography and political science), and advocating for the social justice of all people, a wonderful gift from God through Jesus Christ.

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