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Christ Episcopal Church
and San Marcos

Tarrytown, NY

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Meet Susan Copley, our rector

I have been the rector since April, 2007 and it is my joy to be a part of this faith community. I am the 16th rector of Christ Church and San Marcos Mission.

Before I was ordained to the priesthood I was a pediatric oncology nurse. During those years I learned much about how God's presence is with us even in the midst of pain and suffering, and also how God hears the prayers of all people, no matter their faith.

During the civil war in Liberia, West Africa I served as an Episcopal missionary nurse. There I met my husband, who was an aid worker.

After three years in Liberia, we moved to Bolivia to continue serving as missionaries. Our daughter Megan was just five months old. We served in the city of Cochabamba, in the Andes Mountains, with Amistad Orphanage and the Anglican Church.

After four years, David and I returned to the States to begin study to become priests. David and I graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2003 and were ordained to the priesthood together. Together we served at St. John's Church in Hampton, Virginia for three years before moving to New YorkAfter four years, David and I returned to the States to begin study to become priests. David and I graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2003 and were ordained to the priesthood together. Together we served at St. John's Church in Hampton, Virginia for three years before moving to New York

David is currently serving as Director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel at the Episcopal Church Center in Manhattan. Megan is serving as a Young Adult Service Corp (YASC) volunteer in Guatemala. Check out her blog site: https://www.solamentekinship.org/

My faith has been challenged, stretched, and nurtured over the years, and I have a deep conviction that God's embrace is wide, faith isn't rigidly defined, and God really does love you (and me) madly.

The Reverend Susan Copley

Stained Glass Window

Prodigal Son and Young David. Left panel in 1950's style Baptistry window.