Susan Brown was born in Drayton Valley, Alberta and grew up as a cradle Anglican and "Preacher's Kid" in the Prairie cities of Edmonton, Winnipeg and Saskatoon. Susan studied at the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a BA in English and French in 1983 and completed her seminary training at the Vancouver School of Theology.
Prior to ordination in 1993, Susan worked for the Anglican Church in a 7 point rural parish in the Diocese of Qu'Appelle and as a Youth and Family Minister in Lloydminster in the Diocese of Saskatoon. Susan's priestly leadership includes work in St. Matthew's, Saskatoon, a small neighbourhood city parish, during which time she was made a Canon of the Diocese. In 1998, Susan moved to the Diocese of British Columbia to work in team ministry at St. John the Baptist, Cobble Hill. She attended Cursillo in Victoria and has volunteered as Spiritual Director for Cursillo and Teen Happening as well as the Walk to Emmaus in Hong Kong and chaplaincy ministry at Camp Columbia.
A period of time followed where Susan worked outside of Parish Ministry, both in central England and on Vancouver Island and had the privilege of sitting in the pews, worshipping in diverse settings and discovering her ministry in the world. Her experience working for British Telecom, the Red Lion pub, a funeral home, a local gas station, teaching at a local Community College, working for the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Justice Access Centre and studying to become a Family Mediator with the Justice Institute of BC have all given her helpful insights into life. Bishop James invited Susan to return to work in priestly ministry with the parish of St. Martin of Tours, Gabriola Island and later with the parish of St. Philip's by the Sea in Lantzville. The outreach ministries included work with local food banks, offering informal family worship with potluck dinners, outreach to the Nanoose band after a fatal fire, and the sponsorship of a Palestinian Syrian family.
The Hayward-Brown's have owned their home north of Qualicum Beach since 2004 and their daughter, Victoria who attended Qualicum Beach Middle School and Kwalicum Secondary School, now studies at the University of Victoria. Singing in local choirs, belonging to the garden club and working as the Farmer's Market Manager and running a gardening business have helped Susan to get to know the town of Qualicum Beach and surrounding areas. Susan's ministry has extended to supporting her and her partner Cheryl's families through illnesses and the recent deaths of both of their fathers. The Reverend Susan Hayward-Brown is excited and grateful for her ministry among the people of St. Mark's and the opportunity of serving God in this place.
The Reverend Susan Hayward-Brown