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Welcome to our new Minister, Reverend Susan Mattinson

rev. susan and her mom

(on left – Rev. Beth Mattinson)
(on right – Rev. Susan Mattinson)


On Sunday, September 1st, 2013 our new minister the Reverend Susan Mattinson commenced her ministry with us at First Presbyterian Church.

All residents of Thunder Bay are encouraged to come out and meet our new Minister as we welcome Susan to our Church community.

Rev. Susan Mattinson’s Induction Service and Reception took place on Sunday, September 15th., 2013  Below is the bulletin of the service.

As per Susan’s message in the church’s 2013 Fall neighbourhood flyer:

We encourage you ALL to join us for worship!  That means young children and their families; youth; young adults and university/college students; adults; and seniors.  That means anyone from any background geographically, socially, or religiously; long-time believers, the simply curious, and everyone in-between.  It takes many kinds of people and many gifts and talents to make up the family of God!

Also, please check out Rev. Susan Mattinson’s weekly Christian comic strip at

Induction of The Reverend Susan Mattinson

The Presbytery of Superior
A Service of Induction
The Rev. Susan Mattinson as Minister
in First Presbyterian Church, Thunder Bay
September 15th, 2013 7:00pm

Service of Induction September 15, 2013

Did You Know…..

Susan Mattinson Ordained

Susan Mattinson Ordained by her mother (Rev. Beth Mattinson)

Rev. Susan Mattinson was born in Springhill, N.S. and raised in the Annapolis Valley, N.S. She majored in English: Creative

Writing and minored in Philosophy, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B. Susan went on to earn her Masters of Divinity and Diploma in Prison Ministry from Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, N.S., as well as her Diploma in Presbyterian Denominational Studies from the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, B.C. She was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church in Canada in Hunter River Presbyterian Church, Hunter River, PEI on July 14, 2013. First Presbyterian Church is Susan’s first, full-time, pastoral ministry position and she began ministry there on Sept. 1, 2013. She feels blessed to have a congregation full of so many wonderful and caring people!

Susan is also the creator of the comic strip “Pastor Shep” (, which appears regularly in the Presbyterian Record magazine, as well as The Link Magazine, and has been translated into German by the website “Livenet – Das Webportal von Schweizer Christen”. “Pastor Shep” has been used in church bulletins and newsletters as far away as Mauritius, where it has been translated into French.

When she’s not involved in ministry-related activities, Susan enjoys visiting friends; playing music; reading good books; and participating in martial arts, weight training, and various other physical activities. She is deeply grateful for the love and support of her husband, Colin Rackham, and the company of their wired-haired dachshund, Watson and their cat, Tucker.


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