The Rev’d E. Suzanne Wille accepted the call as the XIII Rector of All Saints’ in June 2021, and her first Sunday was September 12. She believes All Saints’ is an inspiring model of how church can be—joyful and worshipful, focused on deepening faith and working in the world for justice with a clarifying sense that following Jesus means welcoming and loving all.
In previous church experience, Suzanne has fostered models of growth: radical welcome, small groups, faith formation, stewardship discernment, renewed justice and outreach programs, and empowering individuals and groups towards leadership. With a deep love of preaching and nourishing worship she invites all to explore this community rooted in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, ever present to God’s call to find meaning and grace within this historic church and beyond its walls.
Sponsored by All Saints’, Suzanne received her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 2009 and was awarded the E. William Muehl Prize in Preaching. Prior to Seminary, she taught English for 10 years at a Chicago all girls Catholic high school and was the Program Director for Catholic Schools Opposing Racism (COR). Prior to accepting the call to All Saints’ Chicago, she was the rector at the Episcopal Church of All Saints’, Indianapolis for nine years.
“I fell in love with All Saints’ nearly two decades ago when I first walked through the doors on All Saints’ Day. I was greeted with prayer flags overhead filled with the names of the beloved departed and the sounds of a New Orleans brass band. From that day forward, my faith deepened with each Tuesday at the food pantry, each Sunday in vibrant worship, and every conversation and act connecting faith and justice.”
Suzanne and her wife, Tracey Lemon are thrilled to be back in Chicago and back at All Saints’.