She Leads America and U.S. House of Representatives Recognize Dr. Susan Michael as a Christian Woman of Distinction 2023
Rep. Lisa C. McClain lauds Dr. Michael’s qualities as a pioneering woman in leadership
WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 9, 2023 – She Leads America, a network of Christian women leaders engaged in all sectors of society, recognized Dr. Susan Michael as one of its 2023 Christian Women of Distinction at a gala held at Museum of the Bible September 22. Recipients are nominated by their peers and include notable leaders such as Gov. Kristi Noem, Dr. Alveda King, and Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears.
On September 21, Dr. Michael was recognized for her achievements by the U.S. House of Representatives alongside others recognized by She Leads America. The recognition was written up in the Congressional Record for that day. Rep. Lisa C. McClain stated, “Susan’s studies and travel to Israel over the past 45 years have allowed her to skillfully handle a variety of issues regarding biblical and modern Israel. To that end, Susan is a remarkably gifted author, teacher, and speaker. She has produced highly cited articles, podcasts, and education resources, serving many throughout the world. Mr. Speaker, these women, including Dr. Michael, have left an indelible mark on countless lives. They are pioneers whose examples have inspired many—and [they] will continue to.”
Dr. Michael said, “It is a particular honor to be recognized in the Congressional record because my father appeared in it many years before. My father raised me to be everything I could be, and he funded my education, including my studies in Israel. It was there I found my life’s purpose.”
Dr. Michael’s recognition was significant in that she is the first recipient whose work and expertise are primarily focused on providing Christians with a biblical and historical perspective on the significance of the modern State of Israel and Jewish-Christian relations. Recently, she has been called upon to address complex and sensitive issues such as the dramatic increase in antisemitism, the ongoing threat of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, and the significance of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. Her experience working with Arabs, Jews, and Christians from many national and denominational backgrounds has equipped her to handle delicate topics central to an understanding of Israel with extraordinary clarity and grace.
“Leadership is lonely,” said Dr. Michael, “And I want to express my gratitude to Liz Doyle, executive director of She Leads America, and all of those involved in this important work of honoring women in leadership.”