Rev Susie Curtis
Susie served as College Chaplain from Oct 2013 to Sept 2018, after a long association with St John’s that began in her teens when she would attend College Communion with her Mum (who then Tutored at Cranmer Hall).
Susie left the North East to study Theology at Cambridge, majoring in biblical studies and Church History. After graduation she spent a year volunteering with CMS, where she was seconded to Arocha in Southall, West London. From there, she spent two years in Oxford reading for an MTh inApplied Theology alongside her formation training for Ordination. Her dissertation, the Kingdom of God and North East England, naturally led to her return to the North East where she was ordained in 2008.
She served her title post at All Saints, Preston-on-Tees, St Mary’s Long Newton and Stockton Parish Church. As a curate she oversaw the beginning of a number of projects including a creative new service God Zone, in partnership with the local School, a Community Lunch, and BibleStudy groups. During the final year of her curacy she moved to be Curate-in-Charge of St Aidan’s
Billingham, began a toddler service, Play and Praise, and worked with neighbouring parishes as questions of pastoral re-organisation arose. Susie was then licensed as Interim Minister for Billingham, and under the direction of the Area Dean, oversaw the daily running of five parishes as they became one.
In 2013, Susie moved back to Sunderland, where she was licensed as priest-in-charge of St Wilfrid’s Doxford, a church without walls. Whilst in Sunderland, Susie served as assistant chaplain in her local primary and secondary schools, developing worship and supporting religious education. She also led a team that put on “The Great Community Passion” involving community
groups to creatively tell the story of Good Friday. Once again, she became involved in preparing for pastoral re-organisation, and running joint projects with neighbouring parishes, including launching the Arches Cafe, a weekly cafe in a local church that is thriving.
Whilst serving as Chaplain Susie led annual retreats to Lindisfarne, built links between College and her local schools to encourage access and coxed a boat at Head of the River Race. She was a regular fixture in the line of defence for the women’s football team, just about kept up with the weekly cross country runs and even made a guest appearance in the percussion section of JMS
proms! For the majority of her time Susie was ably supported by Millie, a retried greyhound PAT dog, who was an honorary member of the SJCR and the number one reason why we love John’s.
Susie co-led the University Vocations Group, over saw college worship and supported students and staff pastorally. She was a member of CUAC (Colleges and University of the AnglicanCommunion) European Steering Group, and co-hosted their triennial chaplain’s conference in Chennai, India in 2017.
Susie left college in autumn 2018 to get married and move to the East Midlands.