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Susan VandePol

Christian Speaker
Christian Woman Speaker at Matters of Life and Breath Inc.
Holland Michigan 49423

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Contact Information

Name Matters of Life and Breath Inc.
Position Christian Woman Speaker
Website
Location
Holland, MI 49423
United States of America

Speaking Ministry Details

  • Salvation Date
  • 1972
  • Home Church
  • Resurrection Church
  • Relationship to Church
  • Regularly Attends
  • Available for
  • Conferences, Keynotes, Online Events, Published Author, Retreats, Workshops
  • Speaking Experience
  • Experienced (over 10 events)
  • Fee Range
  • Works with Your Budget

More About Susan VandePol


Susan VandePol is the widow of Los Angeles City Firefighter Robert Ortega, an author, multi-topic conference and retreat speaker, founder of “A Life After Breath Experience - A Widow’s Calling” retreats, creator of the “Families of the Fallen” protocol for fire departments and the “Life After Breath” protocol for churches. The “Families of the Fallen” protocol is endorsed by experts in the fields of grief, crisis, trauma, suicide prevention, CIR, PTSD, and CISM, and is being used in fire departments around the country. The protocol supplies a model to fire departments when coming alongside a widow of a fallen firefighter, as well as providing firefighters with a pragmatic way to express their own grief. The congruent “Life After Breath” protocol was developed primarily for churches and faith-based organizations, and is a way for the Body of Christ to answer its Biblical mandate to care for widows so that they can thrive in their new role and fulfill their set-apart calling highlighted in Luke 18. 

She is the author of “Life After Breath - After Her Husband Takes His Last Breath, and After She Tries to Catch Hers” (Morgan James Publishing) and has been a contributor to several other publications as well, including “Stories of Faith and Courage From Firefighters and First Responders." Her most recent project - a booklet on spousal loss with Our Daily Bread’s Discovery Series is due out this year. Susan is certified in Grief, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling, Grief Coaching, Master Life Coaching, Individual Crisis Intervention, Victim Response, and Basic and Family Mediation. Her speaking engagements include a keynote at the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s World Congress, The California State Firefighters Convention, the Honor Guard at the International Association of Firefighters Memorial, Fire Rescue International, and Firehouse World. 

Susan Homeschooled her 3 children without ever succumbing to pressure to wear Birkenstocks, and now lives with her husband whom she shamelessly manipulated into falling in love with her. He obliged by sweeping her off her feet with a large broom. They now reside in Michigan. 

Susan VandePol Recommendations


Submitted by Calvary Chapel Frazier Park Calvary Chapel, Frazier Park on Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019

Leah Smith, Women's Ministry

Leah Smith, Women's Ministry, Calvary Chapel Frazier Park Calvary Chapel, Frazier Park Susan's passion for God's Word, combined with her deep love for the Lord and His people, make her an incredibly powerful tool in God's hands, allowing her to communicate truths and insights from the Word of God that reach deep into the heart and soul of every listener.

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Crossroads Christian Fellowship on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019

Ken Souers, Pastor

So, you're looking for a speaker to inspire, ignite, and encourage your group? Well, look no further, your search is done! Susan VandePol brings a beautiful blend of biblical integrity and expansive life-experience, shakes it together with a big dose of humor, vulnerability and powerful insight, and ministers God's love and grace in a way that is truly transformational. You're going to love her, and I highly recommend her.

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Award-Winning Author And National Speaker on Sunday, Nov 01, 2015

Shelly Beach, Award-Winning Author and National Speaker

Susan VandePol offers a depth of spiritual insight that will enrich your audience's faith and relationship with God. Susan's speaking is drawn from the deep well of her life experience and walk with God. She combines transparency, wit, and wisdom that are rarely found. Those who are blessed to hear her will come away changed.

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Director Of Women's Ministry, Crossroads Christian Fellowship on Sunday, Nov 01, 2015

Teri Thompson, Director of Women's Ministry, Crossroads Christian Fellowship

Susan is a wonderful, deep woman of God who has made it her mission to follow Christ and put Him first in all that she does. She has great integrity and is rich in godly character. I have watched her press into God during her most painful and vulnerable moments in life and through her determination to hang onto God with all she has, I have witnessed her come out of the most trying circumstances with victory in Jesus and her joy intact. One of the things that makes Susan an awesome teacher is her ability to take her personal experiences and share them in her message with power. She is never afraid to open herself up to others and reveal her own failures and areas of pain and grief. This ability is what makes her audience relate to her right away. Susan is a natural leader, not by personality alone, but by godly strength and unwavering dedication to obey the word of God......

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

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Susan VandePol Speaking Topics


The Big Cover-Up: Satan's Schemes of Unforgiveness and Bitterness

Uncovering our enemy's schemes to silence our voices and how to "renounce the things because of shame."...

Posted by Susan VandePol on 02/15/2016


Know Knows

Getting to "know" God and how "knowing" His attributes pave the way to an honest and right relationship built on what His Word tells us about what He's really like....

Posted by Susan VandePol on 10/29/2015


How to Dance in The Dark with Grief

Combines personal experience with sensitive help to come alongside those who have suffered loss....

Posted by Susan VandePol on 10/29/2015


Breaking the Chains of Fear

Why the sacred gift of "remembering" holds the key to being free....

Posted by Susan VandePol on 10/29/2015


Lodge, Nest, Settle and Stay

What it really means to abide, what it requires, and doesn't require of us. The believer's most essential Gospel-of-John take-home....

Posted by Susan VandePol on 10/29/2015


Women and The Art of Speaking Wickedness

Identifying how women of all ages "speak wickedness" to themselves (Isaiah 58) and how to be free from its power....

Posted by Susan VandePol on 10/29/2015


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