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Vice President of Diocesan Council

Elected as Vice President in 2023. 2nd two-year term.

“While it would seem apt for me to say I am a mid-westerner, having been born in Elgin, Ill, I am not a mid-westerner. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a California gal through and through, right down to being a loyal 49er fan. I am a cradle Episcopalian who grew up in the Diocese of California.”

The Rev. Susan Roberts graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development and Child Life. Post undergrad, she worked in the childcare field and as a Child Life Specialist in a hospital in San Francisco. She graduated from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA in 2005 with an M.Div and was ordained to the Priesthood in July of 2015 in the Diocese of Utah. There, she served as a non-stipendiary assisting priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, SLC, UT along with working as the lead chaplain at the University of Utah Health. Susan is married to the Reverend Canon Robin James, and mother to Kevin Muller (27). They have a 13yr old dog, Lucy. Susan enjoys photography, kayaking, and going on adventures/traveling.

In the nearly five years Susan has been in The Diocese of West Missouri, she has served as the Priest-in-Charge of the Chapel at Saint Luke’s Hospital and Director of Spiritual Wellness for the Saint Luke’s Health System. In this role, she has leadership oversight of the Clinical Pastoral Education program and Director, and all the Spiritual Wellness programs within the health system, as well as the managers of those programs. In relation to this role, she also serves on the Commission on Ministry as an Ex-Officio member. Susan is now in her second term on the Diocesan Council. She is also a member of the Bishop Search Committee, and a member of the Worship and Liturgy Commission.

As Vice President of Diocesan Council, her role is to support the continued ministry and business of the diocese by building on the collective desire to be a more united diocese while working together to reflect God’s love in the communities around us. In partnership with the Bishop and Standing Committee, she aims to help lead in inspiring our faith communities to be invested in and excited about the ministry we are doing and can be doing in West Missouri.

“I often say being Episcopalian is in my DNA. I am committed to the vows of my ordination and take part in the councils of the Church. I am invested in helping us to live out the two great commandments; to love God and love one another.”

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