Kingdom Winds is made up of highly creative individuals who have a passion for Jesus.
Gary Suess, President and Co-Founder
Gary is the co-founder of Kingdom Winds along with his wife, Beth. He has been a serial entrepreneur since graduating from college. The majority of his career has been spent building and leading successful, mortgage-banking businesses, including those of some of the nation's largest banks. It was during this time that Gary became recognized as one of the industry's top innovators in e-business, direct marketing, customer experience, and strategic partnerships. More recently, he has channeled those passions and skills into the creation of a full-service marketing agency and, now, the formation of Kingdom Winds. Overall, creating and passionately pursuing new ideas flow naturally from Gary’s Campaigner (ENFP) personality type.
Outside the world of bits and bytes, business models, and branding, Gary has maintained a lifelong love for sports, music, art, reading, writing, pizza, and cats. Both his personal and professional endeavors have been marked by a passion to create. Whether pursuing business, leisure, ministry, or simply hanging out with friends and family, Gary counts it all joy with a life anchored in faith, filled with the deep love and friendship of God. All of the above helped to inspire a new book entitled Joy All Around Us, which he co-authored with Beth and their daughter.
Elizabeth Suess, Vice-President and Co-Founder
Elizabeth (but you can call her Beth) considers herself a “crazy cat-lady,” mostly minus the “crazy.” As empty nesters, Gary and Beth can now justify filling their home with furry felines. Beth cut her professional teeth in the banking world and is thrilled to now be surrounded by writers and other creatives, furthering the Kingdom. Her long-standing love of books is evident in both the use of her free time and the overflowing bookshelves within their home. Although Beth occasionally still enjoys a gripping novel, most of her current reading is focused on expanding her understanding of Father and growing in Him.
When she is not in her home office, you may very well find her in their workout room, lifting weights, another lifelong passion. Please don’t ask her about cardio. One of her greatest joys is helping collective members realize both their God-given potential and dreams. As a Consul (ESFJ), Beth is comfortable in her role as evangelist for KW. She believes encouragement is one of our highest callings and would love to sit down with you to enjoy a glass of green tea and listen to your story.
Dawn King, Personal Assistant and Publishing Associate
Dawn is an artist and enjoys reading, writing, painting, and doing research on most anything. She's a lifelong learner at heart and collects knowledge like some collect stamps. Wearing two hats, she is the Personal Assistant to Gary and Beth and a Publishing Associate. She has a BA in English/Literature as well as a BA in Painting/Drawing from Anderson University. Dawn spent the last ten years being a bit of a nomad in life (working as a weaver, bookbinder, retail manager, and art teacher). She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and son.
Being The Advocate (INFJ) she often delves deep into the heart of a matter to bring peace and balance. Well-crafted fantasy and SciFi are her favorite past-time indulgence, so naturally, her favorite TV show is Stargate Atlantis. She likes to imagine that dragons are real and that somewhere out there, fairy dust is making children fly. Dawn believes that life should always contain a bit of whimsy and that if we dare to believe like a child, we can walk on water, too.
Rebecca James, Publishing Associate
Becca James is a Publishing Associate for Kingdom Winds and oversees our Contributing Writers. She currently resides in her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina (#yeahTHATgreenville), but she earned an English degree with a Writing minor from Emmanuel College in Georgia. In her free time, Becca enjoys learning the piano, journaling, reading, and playing video games. As a true Campaigner (ENFP), she often spends time with her loved ones, going on adventures and talking about life.
One of her dreams is to journey around the world, and she hopes to purchase a ticket to London, England soon. Currently, Becca’s favorite book genres are mystery and suspense. Her favorite shows are Friends and Sherlock, and she wouldn’t mind drinking a glass of sweet tea or eating her favorite Italian dish (chicken alfredo) with C.S. Lewis and J.M. Barrie because Becca believes in the power of imagination.
Rachael Weisinger, Membership Engagement Consultant
Rachael holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Literacy from Furman University where she also certified to teach high school English. For a few years, Rachael taught in Greenville County where she advised the school’s newspaper and participated in school-spirit events. (She even won the Teacher Lip Sync Battle once).
Eventually, the Holy Spirit connected her to Kingdom Winds as a Contributing Writer and she fell in love with using her voice for God’s glory. She currently helps manage website content and membership for Kingdom Winds. When she’s not writing or winning Lip Sync Battles, Rachael loves to watch films, play board games, and be on a lake with her family and friends.
Kassandra Russell, Digital Media Associate and Outreach Specialist
Kassi Russell has fulfilled some childhood dreams, including being the first in her family to graduate college, having a big family (an amazing husband of 12 years + four kids), and two cross country road trips. But her greatest dream thus far is witnessing others fulfill their dreams, specifically creatives! As a former dancer, singer, and writer Kassi knows both the joy and heartache of finding a place in this world artistically. The Lord has given her a passion for dreaming big with others and practically helping creatives become the best possible version of themselves.
Kassi and her big family are now planted back in Greenville, SC where her story actually began. In her limited but sacred free time she enjoys exercise, nature, and visiting used bookstores or music shops to search for treasure. When the Father connected her to Kingdom Winds, her passions collided with the vision instantly. She now works with the team as a Digital Media Associate.
Susan Sisson, Membership Engagement Consultant
Susan may have moved to the US over 6 years ago, but she is still a Brit at heart who often marks the success of her work-day based on how many cups of tea she's consumed. She and her husband, David, have two energetic preschool children who take up the majority of her non-work time. Her background has spanned non-profit, secular, educational, and ministry settings, but, true to her Protagonist (ENFJ) personality type, they have all been relational roles centered around people.
Networking and client relations are her favorite part of any job, but she also has a background in business development and isn't ashamed to admit that she finds putting efficient systems in place extremely satisfying. Time outside of work and taking care of the family is rare at this stage of life, but when it does happen, she enjoys getting outside with her husband to parks and lakes and sitting down with a good book, sipping her favorite rooibos tea.
Coleman Ott, Contributing Writer
Coleman wants to change the world. Currently in his junior year as a Communication and Arts Management double major at the College of Charleston, his love for the city has soared to romantic heights, while yet considering Spartanburg, SC his home. In addition to writing, Coleman's days typically consist of dancing and singing in all sorts of places, including with the College of Charleston Gospel Choir and the Chucktown Trippintones - a CofC acapella group. Additionally, he enjoys growing with the local music and arts scene through several projects, primarily a video interview series entitled Charlestown Sounds, and the Charlestown Sounds Music Festival. As a next step on his journey of learning how to make a positive impact on the world, he is currently on a European adventure as an exchange student in the Netherlands for one semester.
Rebecca Henderson, Contributing Writer
Rebecca considers it an honor to be a contributing writer for Kingdom Winds. She is passionate about sharing how God has shaped her perspective on life, love, and redemption. God has been faithful beyond anything she ever truly expected. It is her prayer that everyday folks will find faith-building, hope-giving morsels of truth tucked inside her pieces. Life is hard, and she believes that being real is the first step in understanding just what it is we need to thrive.
Rebecca is a certifiably crazy animal lover and shares her home with husband Scott and six cats and dogs. She has two grown sons and a spirited granddaughter who always gives her permission to be a big kid. A Greenville native, Rebecca serves her community as a pediatric dental hygienist and is a kickboxing enthusiast in her free time. While she sincerely wishes that Harry Potter and Hogwarts were real, she is content to read the books and watch the movies as many times as humanly possible. Indulging her love of storytelling with all things fantasy and fun is what keeps her mind young and gives her the occasional escape from reality. Children, after all, have the right idea...love big and have fun.
Forrest Keefer, Contributing Writer
Forrest is a graduate student in Boston, MA, where he studies Philosophy. He's a lifelong reader of everything from ancient history to modern poetry. He thinks music is one of the most important things in life and he loves trying to cook with his family. Forrest is obsessed with ideas and loves how interesting people are.