Sue will have key leadership role
She told the congregation at her collation and installation: "Over the past few months I have lost track of the number of people who have joked about me being sent to Coventry but I am glad to be here.
"This Cathedral is a very special place for me. My parents brought me here when I was quite young and I remember being struck by the beautiful windows and the Sutherland tapestry.
In 1987, just a few weeks after my ordination as Deacon, I sang in a performance of the War Requiem here to mark the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Cathedral. As the light faded and darkness began to fall, the ruins of the old Cathedral could be seen behind the west window, adding a poignancy to the performance – and a coach load of us from Loughborough came to the 50th anniversary performance in 2012.
In 1992, I gathered with a group of other women deacons as we looked forward with hope and expectancy to the time when women could be ordained as priest. We gathered in the old cathedral and moved here, using the buildings to convey that sense of death and resurrection and the hope of new possibilities."
The rest of her address is here.
Sue was born and brought up in Birmingham and attended St Philip and St James Church, Hodge Hill. She was educated at King Edward VI High School for Girls and went from there to the University of York to study Mathematics, followed by a PGCE at the University of Birmingham.
Maths and music
She taught Mathematics and Music at The Queensbridge School in Birmingham for three years during which time she explored a call to full time ministry.
She trained at The Queen’s College in Birmingham and was among the first cohort of women to be ordained Deacon in 1987.
She served her curacy in Coleshill and Maxstoke and, then moved to the Diocese of Leicester to the Chaplaincy of Loughborough University and Colleges.
During this time she also took on the role of Director of Post Ordination Training and Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry and was in the first cohort of women to be ordained priest in 1994.
Sue completed a Master’s degree in Applied Theology through the University of Oxford in 1998.
She continued in her two Diocesan roles when she left the Chaplaincy and became Team Vicar in the parish of Emmanuel, Loughborough and St Mary in Charnwood, Nanpantan and then Vicar of St Mary in Charnwood. She was also Chair of the local Churches Together in Loughborough and Chair of the local Christian Aid Committee.
In 2004, Sue became Director of Ordinands, a post which she holds alongside her parish role and she was appointed as an Honorary Canon the same year. She became a Bishop’s Selection Advisor in 2001 and has been a member of the Bishop’s Senior Staff since 2014.
Still in touch
Sue says: " I am excited by the whole diocese strategy for mission in the Diocese and hope that I can contribute to this.
I have a particular passion to enable every Christian to discover their vocation for God and look forward very much to working with everyone in the Diocese as we seek to worship God together, make new disciples and join in God’s work of transforming communities."
Sue is still a familiar face in Coleshill. She and a group of church members who bought a meal as part of a fund-raising auction of promises years ago still meet twice a year for a meal and catch up chat.