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New Curate-Susy Dand

New Curate-Susy Dand

Where were you born and brought up?
I am a Norf’ Landoner at heart – Born and Grew up in Enfield. Life has moved me around North London but marriage moved me to the west of London

Where are you at the moment?
I live in Hanwell – where my family and I moved in June of last year for my husband’s job. I am training at St Mellitus College and doing an MA in Christian Leadership.

In a nutshell, what brought to ordination to the sacred ministry?
I have always felt I had a call to serving the church – my personal mission statement is ‘to love the unloved and look after the poor’.  I grew up in a non-conformist free church and fell in to working for the CofE as a pastoral assistant. I worked for several churches within Haringey as a Youth and Schools worker – during this time I encountered some inspiring people who were training for ordained ministry and realised they weren’t ‘holier-than-thou’ but they were normal, like me.
Over a period of 5 years, I experienced the Holy Spirit nudging and giving me more and more of a heart to serve in the CofE within an ordained capacity. I started the discernment process after hearing +Pete speak about planting churches within schools and experienced the Holy Spirit cause my stomach flip over. The full story is a lifelong one, ask me about it sometime.

What family do you have?
I am married to Andrew, who is Rector of St Mary’s Hanwell. (We met at Theological College) We have a daughter, Elizabeth, aged 2, and we have baby one the way.

What are you most looking forward to at St Thomas’?
I am looking forward to growing more of a heart for Hanwell through prayer, worship and getting to know people, learning to serve God in what is a different tradition to my own.

What are you most worried about?
Getting to know you all quickly enough, so that I can serve you well.

How do you relax, what are your hobbies?
I love to run – I am a member of Ealing Eagles. I enjoy twitter, hanging out with friends and play dates.

Other than Jesus, who’s your ‘spiritual’ hero, and why?
I have had lots of people inspire my spiritual life – people who I have ministered to me and with me.

Currently my personal devotions are inspired by Ignatius of Loyola. Through his writings I have discovered the importance to slow down and see what God is doing in my day to day life.