About

cropped-sue-2013.jpgSusan (Sue) Clemmer Steiner is a spiritual director and retired pastor from Kitchener, Ontario.

She grew up on W. Chestnut St., Souderton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Lester M. and Martha M. Clemmer [nee Derstine]. The three institutions which nurtured her early life were Souderton Mennonite Church at the end of the block, Souderton Elementary Schools in the next block, and the Moyer & Son feedmill in the center of town, owned by her family.

Later three Mennonite schools influenced her greatly. She graduated from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School [now Dock Academy] near Lansdale, PA.; Goshen College in Goshen, IN; and Associated [now Anabaptist] Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, IN.

Sue has spent her adult years in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON., to which she came to marry Sam Steiner, a Mennonite draft resister in the Vietnam War era. After buying books for the church-owned Provident Bookstores in Kitchener and London, ON. for ten years, she felt the call to go to seminary.

Sue has served as a pastor at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church and Waterloo North Mennonite Church, as well as being an interim pastor at four other Ontario churches. In retirement, she along with her husband Sam, are active members of Rockway Mennonite Church in Kitchener.

Sue received her training as a spiritual director from Shalem Institute near Washington. D.C., with additional seminars through AMBS.  She is a partner in the Mennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada (MSDEC).

She gives thanks for the many persons, places and experiences which have nourished her soul these past 70 years, and continue to do so.