Sue is passionate for ordinands to develop a deeply rooted life of faith in Christ, in order for them to flourish in their future ministry. She seeks to support tutees through spiritual direction: active listening and discernment, prayer and prophetic insight.
Sue is deeply committed to Christian formation in leaders as the bedrock for ministry. She believes that character shaped by relationship with Christ and energised by the Spirit is vital for personal spiritual health and holistic flourishing in ministry and church leadership.
- Personal background
Sue trained for ordained ministry at Ridley and went on to pioneer ‘Thirst’, a fresh expression of church, which she still leads. Thirst was granted a Bishop’s Mission Order (BMO) in the Diocese of Ely in 2014. She has many years of Christian ministry both within and beyond the Anglican Communion.
Sue read English literature at Anglia Ruskin University, and enjoys Victorian and Russian novels. She is also a qualified teacher and taught for some years in Cambridge.
She appreciates meals with friends, the cinema and the theatre – and Nordic Noir! She is married to Paul, who is vicar of St John’s, Waterbeach and they have three grown up sons.
- Research Interests
Sue is interested in the exchange between literature and theology, particularly in the Victorian novelists. She also researches on the role of pastoral care within pioneered Christian communities, and the interplay between pastoral theology, missiology and discipleship in these communities.
- ’Re-defining Threshold’ in Anvil vol. 32 issue 1, 2016.
- ‘Thirst’ (as told to George Lings). Encounters on the Edge no.55. Sheffield: Church Army Research Unit, 2012.
- ‘A Pioneer’s Story’ in Pioneers 4 Life ed. Dave Male, 2011. Abingdon: BRF, 2011.