Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 5, 2012

WHO WE ARE PROFILE: Susie Lambright


— After spending most of her life in Goshen, Susie Lambright, 40, got a call one day from a former colleague about an opening at a Christian university in eastern Europe. The rest, they say, is history, and Lambright is now the Director of Community Life at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Explain a little about yourself

I am a single Christian woman who grew up and spent most of my life in Goshen. I am the youngest of eight children (and have 11 of the greatest nieces and nephews ever). I majored in accounting in college and worked at Goshen Rubber until 2000 when I changed careers and began working in the field of Student Life at Goshen College.

I would likely still be in Goshen if I hadn’t received a call from a former colleague about an opening at a Christian university in Eastern Europe in the spring of 2010. After praying and consulting my mentors and friends I decided to take the position. I moved to Lithuania in August 2010 to begin doing missionary work at a Christian university in Lithuania. I am in my second academic year here and plan on being here at least one more year, if not more.

I love to travel and am constantly looking for new places to explore. I have been to 42 states and plan on visiting all of them at some point in my life. Now that I live in Europe I am working on exploring this area of the world more. I spent fall break in Istanbul, Turkey, and just booked spring break tickets to Barcelona, Spain. I love to visit historical sites, try the local food, and watch people when I travel. Oh, and I like to shop while in new places as well.

A highlight of my fall break trip to Istanbul was taking a cooking class. We learned how to make a four-course meal including items such as Kirmizi Mercimek Corbasi (spicy red lentil soup), Hunkar Begendi (lamb with smoked eggplants), and Incir Tathsi (stuffed figs with walnut). While visiting with the others in the class I found that each person there either had been to Goshen or knew someone from Goshen … it IS a small world!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Goshen near Goshen General Hospital on River Vista Drive.

What schools did you attend?

I went to Waterford Elementary, Towncrest Junior High and Bethany Christian High School. I graduated in 1989. I then went on to get my A.A. in liberal arts at Hesston College (Hesston, Kan.) in 1991 and my bachelor of arts in accounting at Bluffton College (Bluffton, Ohio) in 1993.

What is your fondest memory of the Goshen community?

I loved growing up in the hospital neighborhood. It was full of friendly people and fun places to explore. My best friend and I used to explore the Witmer Woods, ride our bikes in the Yoder Culp Funeral Home parking lot, get snacks from the vending machines at the hospital, skip rocks on the river down by the dam, and had a secret club that met under the pine tree in one of our neighbor’s yards. I always felt safe and knew that our neighbors were people I could count on if I ever needed anything.

Describe the essence of Goshen

The essence of the Goshen community is that it strives to improve quality of life for those who live there now and for those who will be a part of the community in the future. I don’t live in Goshen anymore, but I know that those who are still there are constantly working to improve things — whether it be by building the new tunnel under the railroad tracks at Goshen College or continuing to revitalize the downtown with events like First Fridays.

What is Goshen’s best kept secret?

I know it was on “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives,” so it doesn’t count as a secret, but The South Side Soda Shop is one of the best little places to eat around! I love their egg salad on white bread and make sure to have at least one lunch there any time I am back in the Goshen area.


Is there anything else you’d like to say about what Goshen has meant to you over the years?

I will always be proud to say that I am from Goshen. I appreciate the deep sense of values and personal worth that growing up there gave me. I love coming “home” to visit and running into people I know all over town. Goshen really is a great place!