Susan Morrison

Bishop Susan Morrison


United States

Northeastern Jurisdiction


Bishop Susan Morrison is a Retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 1988-2006.

Susan Morrison was born in Dunkirk, New York. After graduation from Drew University, she spent three and a half years as a short-term missionary in Brazil. Returning to the States, she studied for an M.Div. degree at Boston University School of Theology, graduating magna cum laude. Her Doctor of Ministry degree was earned at Wesley Theological Seminary. She has also studied in London, Rome, Buenos Aires and Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Susan was ordained deacon by Bishop John Wesley Lord in the Peninsula Conference and elder in the Baltimore Washington Conference by Bishop James K. Mathews.

She served pastorates at Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Beltsville, Maryland. In 1980 she was appointed by Bishop Mathews as Superintendent of the Baltimore Northwest District, during which time she served for one year as Dean of the Cabinet. In 1986, she was appointed Council Director of the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference. She served as chair of the committee that developed the current Book of Worship of the UMC.

At the 1988 General Conference Susan was elected to the Judicial Council. The Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of 1988 then elected her to the episcopacy and she was assigned to the Philadelphia Area, where she served for eight years. In 1996, she was assigned to the Albany Area, serving there until her retirement in 2006.