The Rev. Suzanne Redfern-Campbell, D.Min.

(formerly Suzanne Spencer)

Intentional Interim Minister

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Vision of Ministry

Summary of Experience

My Journey in Ministry

First Interim: Danbury CT

Second Interim: Columbia MO

Current Developmental: Las Cruces NM

Selected Sermons

In Others' Words

About Sue

Contact information


Once upon a time, interim ministers were seen as placeholders, clergy sent in to hold the fort while the search committee did its work. Along with this came the assumption that the interim year was static - no forward motion, and perhaps a decline in membership and stewardship.

Happily, that view has given way to one far more dynamic. We now understand the interim time to be ripe with potential, an opening to new ways of being and doing church. A trained interim helps create a safe space for a congregation to discover its strengths, examine and perhaps alter its practices, and imagine new possibilities.

Here are some of the strengths I bring to interim ministry:

  • A passion for the work
  • A track record of 2 effective interims (4 years in all)
  • 25 years' experience as a Unitarian Universalist parish minister
  • A thoughtful and inspiring preaching style
  • A calm pastoral presence and a capacity for careful listening
  • Training in intentional interim ministry, congregational growth, family systems theory, spiritual direction, anti-racism, community organizing, and clergy sexual abuse prevention
  • Experience in large and small congregations, and in team and solo pastorates
  • Experience in serving conflicted congregations, including those wounded by clergy abuse
  • 37 years as a Unitarian Universalist in the US and Canada, with a wide range of cultural experience, and in congregations of diverse theological orientations.

Are you a lay leader of a congregation in transition? If so, perhaps I can be of service to you. I invite you to peruse these pages to see if my skills and experience match your needs and circumstances. If they do, please get in touch with me via the "contact information" link.

I'm looking forward to working with another congregation - perhaps yours!

Last updated 30 September 2014. cpc