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Welcoming a New Leader for a New Era: Introducing Susie Pek

Welcoming a New Leader for a New Era: Introducing Susie Pek

The TWR Women of Hope staff worldwide are thrilled to welcome Susie Pek of Brazil as our new leader. She is only the third global director of the ministry since it was founded by Marli Spieker 25 years ago.

Officially beginning her new role in February, Susie follows in the footsteps of Dr. Peggy Banks, who dynamically shepherded TWR Women of Hope for the past six years. Dr. Banks was called to serve in another ministry at the end of 2022.

In a farewell message to ministry friends and workers, Dr. Peggy Banks said, “May you continue to sow seeds into the work that God is doing through TWR Women of Hope as we work to bring hope in Jesus to women. … You are a crucial part of this ministry, and I cannot thank you enough for your invaluable support.”

The main reason staff and volunteers are so excited about Susie’s appointment – in addition to her impressive achievements as an author, broadcaster and blogger – is her ongoing involvement with the ministry. She’s served with TWR Women of Hope for 14 years and until recently was our regional coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean.

“I am so thankful to Dr. Peggy Banks and to all of our amazing global staff and volunteers who have loved our women so well,” she said. “Psalm 34:5 says, ‘Those who look to the Lord are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.’

“As I embark on this new journey, I look to the Lord for wisdom and guidance to help women around the world and across generations to look to Jesus, be radiant and experience his grace and hope.”

Echoing TWR International President Lauren Libby, we invite the TWR Women of Hope family to pray earnestly for Dr. Banks as she serves God in new ways and for Susie as she guides us into a new era.

Meet Susie Pek

Susie has two great passions – prayer, and soothing pain and promoting hope and healing for women. And that's what attracted her to TWR Women of Hope at RTM Brazil where she has served for 14 years. She started as an assistant and producer in Brazil, served as National Coordinator and as TWR Women of Hope Regional coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean.

As a producer and presenter of the radio program Women of Hope, columnist of a devotional program and a blog writer, Susie has become a recognized voice in her country. She is often invited to speak at conferences and events all over Brazil. In 2022, TWR Brazil published her devotional book Hope Encounters.

Her love for Jesus and desire to make him known led her to study theology, go through mission training and enter the ministry more than 20 years ago. Furthermore, Susie is a teacher and translator/interpreter.

She’s been married for 24 years (since January 1999) to Douglas Pek who is the minister of administration at Calvary International Church, an associate of TWR Brazil, presenter of the program Champions Arise in Portuguese and volunteer as designer for TWR Women of Hope Brazil. They are both from São Paulo – Brazil, where they currently live.