Connection and Commitment

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Connection and Commitment: Susan O’Dwyer and Curtis Cain

An interview with Grace@Work Bible study leader Susan O’Dwyer, Director of Business Development, Aprio

Curt and Susan make the perfect combination for a Grace@Work study. Curt loves the word of God and lives it every day. He has the gift of teaching. He is a master at asking questions that get you thinking deeply about your relationship with God.

Susan is one of the veterans of the High Tech Prayer Breakfast. Her continued involvement has resulted in a bold witness in the marketplace. Many have come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior because of Susan. God uses this woman big time.

Curt, Susan and I grew up together in the Atlanta technology community. We helped each other in business and encouraged each other in our faith. We prayed together during the good and bad times. They continue to build friendships in their study at the Concourse.

Charlie

Charlie Paparelli
President
High Tech Ministries

Leaders: Susan O’Dwyer and Curtis Cain
Where: Aprio, Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30328
When: Friday 7:00 am to 8:00 am
Open: Yes. Everyone welcomed.

1. How long have you been leading a Grace@Work Bible study group? 

O’Dwyer: I co-lead a group with Curt Cain. We have had this group for 7-8 years (time flies!). Previously, I was in another Grace@Work group that Curt and Rusty Gordon co-led years ago.

2. Why did you start leading this Bible study group? 

O’Dwyer
: This was a definite call from God. When I heard that Curt had taken a new job that would not require travel, God spoke to me that I should encourage Curt to ‘re-up’ as a G@W leader.  He has an incredible gift for teaching. So I contacted Curt and told him what God had said.  

Curt was very polite, but also skeptical. He was, I’m sure, far more diplomatic than this, but his reaction was, “Thanks, but I’ll wait for God to speak to me directly.”  Which, of course, He did, and a few days later, Curt called me back, in utter amazement, and said, “God told me the same thing.” I said, “Told ya!”

3. What were your fears or concerns before starting?  

O’Dwyer
: None. I knew it was the right thing and completely trusted God would bring the people. I will say that I used to think, when God prompted me to invite people, “Really? You can’t be serious!”  

However, now, when I hear that voice telling me to invite them, I don’t even question or worry what their answer will be. They always show up. They may not always keep coming, but they always come at least once!

4. What has been the single biggest reward of doing the study? 

O’Dwyer
: Besides learning about God, building a family of caring people who I would never have gotten to know without this group.

5. How do you continue to grow your study?  

O’Dwyer
: We don’t. God does. He just tells us who to invite, and we do. I never question Him on this anymore. We also, every year, re-direct our study to the Discovery@Work model for six weeks.

6. What is a story of how your Bible study has had an impact? 

O’Dwyer
: Probably best to hear it directly from two members of the Bible study:

Kien Taing: “This was the first time that I had ever discussed the Bible around working professionals. Religion was always a politically incorrect topic to bring up at work, so I avoided it. I am constantly surprised how engaged my colleagues are when the topic comes up. I hope my story helps them take a step in the direction of Christ.”

Shane Peden: “My Grace@Work Bible study group has enabled me to forge multiple new relationships. These connections have impacted not only myself and family but also served as a gateway for me to share my faith in the workplace. 

"The best example that comes to mind was once one of my senior managers discovered that he and I had a common connection through one of my Friday morning study mates. 

“I am always delighted by the eclectic mix of personalities that weave themselves in and out of our meetings. These interactions inspire me to be a culture changer in my household, in the workplace and in the community.”