Deborah Suddarth

Rev. Deborah Suddarth was born and raised in Oklahoma, graduating from a rural school, Elgin High School, with 51 others. Her father was in management with Southwestern Bell Telephone, and thus her family moved five times before she moved away to college. Deborah began going to church when she was in Kindergarten at Grace United Methodist Church, Altus, Oklahoma. Where she was baptized at age 7, by a clergy couple, The Reverends David & Susan Clewell.

Deborah's senior year in high school, while at church camp at Red Rock Canyon, she heard her call to ministry, specifically to youth ministry. After graduation, she attended Oklahoma’s United Methodist school, Oklahoma City University, on a religion scholarship. There she received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion in 1993, with a minor in Psychology. In August of 1993 she crossed the Mississippi River for the third time in her life to move to Nashville and attend Vanderbilt University Divinity School. There she focused on Pastoral Counseling. She also met her husband Trey during these years. Trey was earning his Masters of Education at Vanderbilt. 

Deborah began her first appointment at Colonial Park United Methodist Church as the Associate Pastor in charge of Youth and Recreation. She quickly became involved in District and Conference Youth Ministry, which led to her next appointment with the Memphis Conference Program Ministries Team as the Director of Christian Education in September of 2001. With the birth of their daughter Reese in August of 2005, she asked for a new appointment to be back in a local church. In June 2006 she began as the Associate Pastor at St. Paul UMC, Lakeland, TN. In September 2008, they welcomed their second child, Douglas, to the family. She served Mullins UMC in Memphis since June 2012.

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