Laughter, like music, is a universal language. And Susan Sparks speaks this language like no other.”  –Naomi Judd, Multi-platinum Country Music Artist


Hi y’all, I’m Susan Sparksa trial lawyer turned preacher, comedian, best-selling author, inspirational speaker, award-winning nationally syndicated columnist, and Harley-riding cowboy boot addict.

I know, I know . . . this sounds more like a personality disorder than a career path.

Whatever it is, I love what I do! Why? Because . . .

I help people reclaim their joy.

Stress, unforeseen crises, commitments, aging parents, kids, health issues, and money worries weigh on us constantly. But even in the worst of circumstances, it’s still life. And we can still choose joy.

Here’s my philosophy in a nutshell:

If you can laugh at yourself, you can forgive yourself. And if you can forgive yourself, you can forgive others.

Laughter reduces the effects of stress, promotes physical healing, alters our perspectives, defuses negativity and conflict, bridges human differences, generates hope, restores our sense of purpose, and renews our ability to see miracles in everyday life.

That’s why my mission in life is to change the world . . . one smile at a time.

And you can, too! Here are some ways . . . 

SIGN-UP for my free weekly eblast “The Shiny Side Up” delivering hope, healing, and humor directly to your inbox.

LAUGH and THINK while reading one of my syndicated columns or books.

GET INSPIRED by watching my sermons, keynotes, ecourses, and/or weekly inspirational meditations on YOUTUBE.

INVITE ME to be part of your next event!

However you choose to do it — JOIN ME!

Let’s change the world together . . . one smile at a time.

– Susan

Selected Press & Appearances:

June 25-26, 2020 I CBF Virtual General Assembly

Offering a virtual workshop for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s 2020 General Assembly

July 19, 2020 I Martha's Vineyard

VIRTUAL Sermon for Union Chapel, Martha’s Vineyard.

August 19, 2020 I Backstory Preaching

Virtual talk and interview on humor and preaching with Backstory Preaching

September 10, 2020 I The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour

Virtual comedy show for The Children of Abraham Initiative


Guest on the Hope Matters Podcast

October 25, 2020 I Charlotte, NC (Virtual)

Virtual workshop and discussion with St. Stephens Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC

October 27, 2020 I CBF of NC

Virtual workshop: Preaching Punchlines during Advent for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina

November 14, 2020 I Raleigh, NC (VIRTUAL)

Afternoon workshop for Hayes Barton Baptist Church

November 19, 2020 I CBF Podcast

Featured guest on the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship podcast.

Nov. 24, 2020 I Live virtual Interview

Live Interview with Steve Bhaerman and Wiki Politiki

December 11, 2020 I National Association of Memoir Writers

Featured guest on the National Association of Memoir Writers podcast. 

December 15, 2020 I Wake Forest University School of Law

Harnessing the Power of Humor Virtual Webinar


Virtual performance for the Children of Abraham multi-faith coalition.

June 25, 2021 I VIRTUAL keynote/comedy show ABCUSA

VIRTUAL Keynote/comedy show for the American Baptist Churches USA Biennial gathering.

July 11, 2021 I Martha's Vineyard

Preaching at Union Chapel Martha’s Vineyard.

July 2021 I Avalon, NJ

The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour

August 2021 I Toronto, Canada

Guest preaching at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

September 2021 I Salisbury, Maryland

Featured preacher at the Dunkle Mackey Preaching Seminar

October 2021 I Toronto, Canada

Offering a preaching workshop at the Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship

January 23, 2022 I Del Ray Beach, FL

Distinguished Preacher Series of First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach

National Speakers Association