In the fall of 2004, the Lord impressed on my heart to prepare talks for a women's retreat. I was baffled and responded, "But Lord, no one has asked me to do a retreat....." His response was, "Prepare the talks, and I will provide the people." I knew in my heart I was to write my life journey with the Lord. The purpose of the message was to help women identify lies they believe about themselves, God, and their relationship with Him while equipping them to recognize spiritual and emotional strongholds to find freedom through prayer and God's Word. Much of the focus was on running to Jesus, learning to live according to the truth, and have our longings met through Him instead of protective and sinful strategies.
A full year later, I was invited to speak at a two-day women's retreat. The first night I got up to speak, the Holy Spirit nudged at my heart, "This is it! This is what I want you to do with the second half of your life." I was shocked and overwhelmed by His Spirit. Unable to sleep that night, I prayed. The Lord opened my eyes to see that this was a ministry to set women free. He showed me the cries of women worldwide who have been suffering from oppression, abuse, sin, shame, and spiritual bondage. The Lord is raising up women around the world to lead them into truth and freedom. He called me to be one of these women to bind up the broken-hearted (Isaiah 61:1-3). Beauty for Ashes Conferences began that way. Since presenting these conferences, we have experienced and witnessed thousands of women become renewed around the world. To learn more on conferences, visit here
In 2009, the Lord directed me to write a twelve-week Bible study, Crown of Beauty, to help women go deeper in their understanding of God's truths and the way they can walk in the freedom of His love. These discipleship materials have been used by churches, community groups, and one on one in five continents. Through these studies, women have a restored understanding of their identity in Christ, God's intimate relationship with them, how to be victorious over spiritual battle, and how to walk a life of purpose and power through the Holy Spirit. Since then, I have written three devotionals (More Beautiful by the Day, For Such a Time as This, and Broken But Undefeated) and co-authored a twelve-week Bible study on the same topic for men, More than Conquerors.
It has been a privilege to witness this ministry spread internationally to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Since 2018, our men’s conference and discipleship ministry, More than Conquerors, is also expanding. We are excited to see how God will grow our ministry through social media platforms, our Podcast, His Heartbeat with Sue Corl, online conferences, and discipleship training courses. God is raising up women and men around the U.S. and the world to teach our conference materials, disciple others, and equip individuals and teams to go on mission trips to develop our international ministry further.
We invite you to join us in this movement of renewal, healing, and freedom.
-Sue Corl, Founder and Director
Our mission is to rely on the truth of God’s Word, prayer, and the Spirit’s power to bring women renewal, healing, and freedom from lies, sin, strongholds, and shame that they may display God’s beauty and splendor.
Meet our Founder & Director
Sue Corl is an international women’s conference speaker, author, mentor, Bible teacher, Cru missionary, and founder and director of Crown of Beauty International. Her greatest joy is being a wife and mother of two adult children. She has a passion to see women set free to live in the powerful truths of who they are in Christ and the love of God. She served as a missionary for twenty-five years in Asia. Currently, she travels to minister to women throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the U.S. She has a Master’s of Education from the University of Hawaii and a Master’s of Christian Counseling from Philadelphia Biblical University. She is the author of several books including Crown of Beauty Twelve Week Bible Study, For Such a Time as This, and Broken but Undefeated.