Reverend Suzie Castle
The Reverend Suzie Castle joined the Surf Coast congregations in late 2018.
Suzie grew up on the family farm at Pomborneit in Victoria’s Stoney Rises and trained as a nurse before moving interstate to Queensland.
However, God’s plan for Suzie was to serve the Church through ordained ministry. After completing her studies in 2010 at the Brisbane College of Theology, Suzie has felt privileged to have ministered in two placements in Brisbane before venturing to her next call in Victoria.
Suzie moved to the Surf Coast with her beloved dog Stanley. Plans to build her own home in the appropriately-named Sanctuary estate in Armstrong Creek are well underway.
A conversation with Suzie will most likely reveal her passion for social justice. She continues her work to bring change to human trafficking, indigenous poverty, domestic violence, social isolation and the plight of refugees across the world. The footnote on her emails, discouraging the recipient from unnecessary printing, speak to Suzie’s concern for our environment.
Suzie has a real heart for people and is energetically involved in church outreach activities – the Op Shop at Bellbrae, Pancake Day at Aireys Inlet and the pre-schoolers’ program “Coffee and Kids” at Torquay to name a few.
Suzie is comfortable with the full gamut of ministry, from the most formal of church services through to a casual gathering of young people around her dining table. She inspires others with her integrity, intelligence and cheeky sense of humour. The Surf Coast churches are truly blessed to have a minister with Suzie’s versatility as she serves the needs of three very different congregations.
This is an abbreviated version of an article written by Mary Bremner that appeared in the Anglesea Community Newsletter “Newsangle”, Issue 137, Autumn, 2019.