About

Hi y’all, I’m Susan Sparks—a trial lawyer turned preacher, comedian, speaker, author, nationally syndicated columnist, and Harley-riding cowboy boot addict.

I know, I know . . . this sounds more like a personality disorder than a career path. But whatever it is, I love what I do. I get to help people regain their grit and reclaim their joy!

Let me use a motorcycle analogy:

We all know life has curves.
Things we never expect.
Things that throw us into the wind or down to the ground.

Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve lived through a divorce, survived cancer, lost both parents, traveled solo around the world for two years and left a ten-year law practice to create a career as an ordained minister and a standup comedian. I know a bit about curves.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

Bends in the road are inevitable. But they are also where life takes flight. They are the places where we have the opportunity to face down our fears, accelerate through and become something more.

After significant gambles and spectacular falls, I’ve learned to lean into the curves. Now thousands take inspiration and hope from the laughter, stories, and some even say wisdom 🙂 that I offer.

JOIN ME!

Sign up for the Shiny Side Up – my weekly journal pages where you’ll get infectious inspiration that will lift you up, make you smile and leave you stronger!

You can also connect with me via Livestream or iTunes through my sermons at Madison Avenue Baptist Church.

Want to meet LIVE? Attend a keynote, comedy show, or workshop.

And be sure to keep an eye out for my nationally syndicated column that reaches more than 21 million people in 36 states!

Last but not least, give yourself the gift of a smile with my book Laugh Your Way to Grace!

Hey, we’re all on the same road. Why not face the curves and accelerate out together!

– Susan

(PS If you want a formal BIO and photos, click here).

“Laughter, like music, is a universal language. And Susan Sparks speaks this language like no other.”
-Naomi Judd, Multi-platinum Country Music Artist, Best Selling Author and Actress

Selected Press & Appearances:

January 17-20, 2018 I Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA

Two evening workshops at Canyon Ranch, Berkshires.

Feb. 24-25, 2018 | Salisbury, NC

Lewis Preaching Series, First Presbyterian Church

March 20, 2018 I Murfreesboro, NC

Comedy shows at Chowan University.

April 7, 2018 I Manchester, VT

The Laugh in Peace Tour at the Israel Congregation of Manchester raising funds for the Puerto Rican Relief Fund.

April 8, 2018 I East Dorset, VT

Guest Preaching at the United Church of East Dorset and Rupert

April 14, 2018 I Manhasset, New York

Congregational retreat on “Laughter as Prayer”  Congregational Church of Manhasset

June 25, 2018 I Durham, NC

The Laugh in Peace Tour

July 10, 2018 I Avalon, NJ

Avalon, New Jersey Chautauqua Series

July 15, 2018 I Martha's Vineyard

Featured preacher at Union Chapel, Martha’s Vineyard

August 1-4, 2018 I Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA

Two evening workshops at Canyon Ranch, Berkshires.

September 19, 2018 I Yale Divinity School

Guest preaching at Yale Divinity School Chapel.

September 20, 2018 I Rutgers University

Laugh in Peace Comedy Show

September 23-25, 2018 I Wisconsin

Workshops with the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, Evangelical Lutheran Church.

September 29, 2018 I Waxahachie, TX

Keynote Speaker at the Waxahachie Chautauqua. 

October 22-26, 2018 I Black Mountain, NC

Featured preacher for Chautauqua comes to Christmont.

November 11-13, 2018 I Toronto, Canada

Preaching and speaking at the Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship

January 11-14, 2019 I St. George, Utah

Two workshops at Red Mountain Resort.

March 2-3, 2019 I Greenville, NC

Humor and healing weekend at Oakmont Baptist Church

MARCH 30-31, 2019 I Jefferson, GA

Comedy show and sermon at First First Baptist Church Jefferson

April 12, 2019 I Springfield, IL

HOLD for breast cancer keynote

May 4, 2019 I Watchung, NJ

Laugh Your Way to Grace at Wilson Memorial Union Church

May 21, 2019 I Northfield, IL

Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour at Temple Jeremiah.

July 28-August 2, 2019 I Chautauqua, NY

Chaplin and featured preacher at the Chautauqua Institution

August 18-24, 2019 I Dubois, Wyoming

Workshop on humor and ministry. Ring Lake Ranch, Wyoming.

National Speakers Association

Rev It Up! on YouTube

Order an Autographed Copy of Laugh Your Way to Grace