Rev Sue has served the Church for 11 years. She lives in Ottawa and was Ordained on Dec 15th, 2018. Previously she served the Church as an Appointed Minister from May 2007. The Church Board recognized her valuable contribution to the church and her community throughout these 11 years of Ministry, and unanimously agreed to raise her to the rank of Ordained Minister. She is one of our prominent Ministers in terms of the quality of her Pastoral Care service and dedicated professionalism.
In the past, she served Parkwood Presbyterian Church and held the position of Assistant to the Minister for two years.
In addition to her Ministry of Pastoral Care and Life Celebrations (The Church and Bible study have been part of her life since she was a child), she is also a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in downtown Ottawa and sings in the amazing church choir under the direction of Thomas Annand.
Pastoral Care Ministry
Rev Sue’s dedication to conducting Life Celebrations is recognized by the couples and families she serves. For every ceremony she conducts, she donates a percentage of her fee to a charity of their choosing in their honour. The charities have been extremely varied and diverse, and they have really opened her eyes to so many new charities that people are passionate about.
Her ministry is wide ranging and her love of music is her favourite method to connect with and help people in her community.
For the past 20 years, her ministry has involved her in Harmony Incorporated which is an international non-profit organization whose purpose is to empower women through education, friendship and singing. She served on the International Board of the organization for seven years. During the past 20 years, she also held several Board positions in the local chapter: President, Performance Chair, Area Contest Co-Chair.
Sue also sings with a four-part a cappella women’s group, and often performs for senior’s groups especially at Christmas time. This year, she is performing at the Children at Risk Christmas brunch, Villas at Riverside South and St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa. They will also be performing at the Manotick United Church, Kilborn’s on the Rideau store in Newboro, Ontario and at the NAC.
The local chapter of Harmony Incorporated recognized Rev Sue with the Harmony from the Heart award for dedication and service to the chapter.
First and foremost, Sue’s favourite hobby is singing.
She loves to bake, craft, knit, read, garden, travel and does several aqua fit classes at the gym every week.
She donates to the Presbyterian World Service and also donates to community projects that the Women’s Guild supports, such as donating food for the Pause Table at Carleton University during exam time, crafted items for the Christmas Bazaar, mitts and scarves for Bruce House, books for R.E. Wilson Public School.
Sue has served on several committees over the years: Worship Committee, Bazaar Chairperson, Glebe Trustee Committee.
“For the past few years I have decided that as I am getting older, my health has to become a priority especially since my cancer diagnosis in 2013. So I have joined a gym and attend four to six classes a week, eat much healthier and generally take better care of myself.
As part of being a spiritual and religious person I am very open and accepting of all traditions and requests by couples when I conduct their marriage, baptismal or end of life ceremonies (as long as the required Christian elements are maintained). I firmly believe in the right for all people to celebrate marriage and I thank Clergy Support Memorial Church for my ability to provide this service as outreach to those not connected to a church.