Susan was born in Providence, RI and grew up in Scituate, RI. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education from Rhode Island College. She previously worked in the Scituate School system as a sixth grade teacher. Recently, she has graduated from The General Theological Seminary in NYC with her Master of Divinity degree.
Susan is married to her high school sweetheart, Brian Carpenter, and they just celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. He owns Long Realty and is a specialist in selling country farms and acreage. They have two sons, Scott and Peter. Peter is married to Bethany Lawton and they are the parents of Nathan Bradford, born in July.
Susan and Brian lived in Glocester for 30 years on a 50 acre farm, and while the boys were young, she left teaching and opened “Cherry Valley Herb Farm”. She built a retail shop, greenhouse and display gardens where she taught classes and workshops on many herbal topics. She also founded and ran the RI Herb Festival, an annual event from 1998 – 2004.
Susan has been active for many years at her home parish of Trinity, North Scituate in many roles. She has been active in the wider church community in the Central Deanery as well as serving on the Diocesan Council and Executive Council.
Susan's personal interests include creating anything with glass –particularly stained glass— and making copper and glass jewelry. In addition to her fascination with all things herbal, She is interested in cooking amd traveling. Susan is also a voracious reader, as evidenced by her large collection of books and her Amazon.com statements!
Welcome Susan, and may God bless you in this monumental new phase of your ministry.