Pastor Suzette Caldwell

Intense determination to implement God’s purpose for her life would describe the character of Pastor Suzette Caldwell.  She has committed her life to achieving excellence through biblical living.  She strongly believes that any person who is willing to “walk by faith” and trust God will achieve their dreams and desires.

In 1986, Suzette graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.  Caldwell’s professional career as an environmental engineer in the public and private sectors spans over 17 years.  As an entrepreneur, she owned TC Consulting Group, Inc., an environmental consulting company. In September 1997, Governor George W. Bush appointed Caldwell to the University of Houston System Board of Regents.  Caldwell is also included in the ordained ministry process of the United Methodist Church.

Presently, she serves as Associate Pastor for Windsor Village United Methodist Church, which has more than 15,000 members, and Board Chair and President for The Prayer Institute, a non-profit community-based organization that prays for the Houston metropolitan area and has taught thousands of people, nationally and internationally how to pray based on the Model Prayer (the Lord’s Prayer). Caldwell is the Team Lead for The Bible Study in North Houston and the What-a-Study in Memorial Houston.  She serves on the InternCP Global Alliance Advisory Board in South Korea. She has prayed for and taught people from all walks of life how to command God's will for their lives by praying using the Lord's Prayer, and has witnessed miraculous answers to prayer.  Under her leadership, The Prayer Institute has actively carried out its mission to take the world by prayer through its participation in local, national and international events, including the Greater Houston Prayer Breakfast, the National Day of Prayer, Global Alliance World Conference and two presidential inaugurations. In 2005, Caldwell led a chaplaincy team to pray for Hurricane Katrina victims at the George R. Brown Convention Center, and she coordinated national prayer calls and online prayer efforts during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018.  She has also led prayer campaigns using strategic written prayers which have initiated and sustained powerful changes, including the development of a history-making 234-acre community in underserved central Southwest Houston. In 2017, Caldwell served as one of the inaugural organizers of Courageous Conversations to foster conversations on race relations.

Caldwell was recognized as the 2011 Author of the Year for her book, Praying to Change Your Life, which was on the Best Sellers List for African-American authors.  She is also the author of Kingdom Words to Change Your Life, What Would Jesus Say?: Biblical Confessions for Teens, Kingdom Words to Change a Teen’s Life: Biblical Confessions for Parents and Guardians to Speak Over Teens, and I Can Pray!, a children’s book for ages one year to eight years.

Caldwell launched The ONE Project, a global prayer initiative sponsored by The Prayer Institute.  Her goal is to unite people in prayer worldwide for the purpose of seeing God’s plans implemented on earth as it is in heaven. 

Caldwell’s service to the community, in addition to her technical career, has better equipped her to empower people to fulfill God’s promises for their lives.


Community Involvement

Board Chair, The Prayer Institute, 1996 – present
Member, Global Alliance Advisory Board, 2017 – present
Member, KSBJ President’s Council, 2017 – present
Member, Courageous Conversations, 2017
Member UMC Fervent Prayer Intercessory Prayer Team, 2017
Member, The Children’s Museum of Houston Board of Directors and Advisory Board, 2007 – present
Volunteer, Easter Seals Camp Buckaroo, 2013
Member, Jack and Jill of America, 2006 – present
Member, National Charity League, 2012 – 2018
Regent, University of Houston System, 1997 – 2003
UMC District Superintendents Committee
UMC District Leadership Team
National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Society of American Military Engineers
Chair for CityFest Houston Prayer Campaign
Teach For America Advisory Board
Operation Compassion Chaplaincy for Hurricane Katrina Victims
American Cancer Society Advisory Board
Child-Centered Initiative for Public School Reform in the Houston Metropolitan Area


People of Prayer Magnificent Seven Award
University of Houston Dr. Marguerite Ross Barnett Distinguished Alumni Award
YMCA Outstanding Community Leader Award
Primary Purpose BIG Award for Community Service
Kingdom Girlz Rock Honoree
Easter Seals Hats Off to Mothers Honoree
Diamond Leadership and Service Award, HER Call Ministries
University of Houston Black Alumni Distinguished Alumna Award
Brenda J. Davis Community Award, D-Mars Communications
Distinguished Community Service, Professional Women’s Fellowship
Philanthropy In Texas Hall of Fame
Makeda Award, National Association of 100 Black Women
Community Service Award, Suburban Sugar Land Women
Samaritan Spirit Award, Samaritan Center for Counseling and Education

Achievement Award for Special Acts of Service, US Army Corps of Engineers
Sustained Superior Performance Award, Environmental Protection Agency
Gold Team Award, ENSR Consulting and Engineering
Spot Bonus Award, ENSR Consulting and Engineering
Letter of Commendation, US Air Force

Suzette, and her husband, Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, are the parents of three beautiful children.