Susan Hassinger

Bishop Susan Hassinger


United States

Northeastern Jurisdiction

cob_hs_hassinger-150x225.jpg Bishop Susan Hassinger is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 1996-2004. 

Born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, Susan Wolfe Hassinger is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania and Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Susan has served as pastor of local churches in Fleetwood, Springfield, and Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania. Additional ministerial appointments have included a term as a District Superintendent, local church consultant and Director of the Office of Resourcing in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

Susan Hassinger was elected to the episcopacy in July, 1996, by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, and from 1996 until 2004 she served as Episcopal leader of the Boston Area.

Since retiring in 2004, she has been bishop-in-residence and adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts, and has served serve as the interim bishop of the Albany Area from September 1, 2006, until June 2010.

Susan has also served as a director for the General Board of Global Ministries (1980-1988) and the General Board of Discipleship (1992-1996). Elected to Jurisdictional Conferences from 1976-1996, she was also a delegate to General Conferences from 1980-1996. Her vocational interests and training include conflict and change management, dismantling racism, women's concerns, sexual ethics issues, and spiritual direction.

Her daughters are Rebecca and Rachel, and she has three grandchildren.