Rev. Dr. Susan Cartmell

Susan has been the pastor at Pilgrim Church since 2016. in addition to her work casting a vision and leading worship Susan has been instrumental in developing a successful After School Drop in Center for elementary school children. Building on the church’s history, founded by abolitionists, Susan led a team to create a history exhibit about the Underground Railroad on Cape Cod. 

Previously, for 18 years she served as the senior pastor of the Congregational Church of Needham, a suburban church with 600 members, in the suburbs of Boston. Her tenure was a time of growth - that saw the addition of 300 new adults and hundreds of children and youth. 

Rev. Susan & her wife Peggy

After she earned a Doctor of Ministry in 2014 from Andover Newton Theological School, Susan wrote a book on preaching called, Uncommon Preaching: An Alternative to the Lectionary  (Wipf and Stock 2015).  She was a featured presenter at the  Preaching Academy for theUnited Methodists Missouri Conference in 2018 and she had led several clergy workshops on preaching at gatherings of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. She has taught Bible study classes in the Special Studies Programs at Chautauqua Institute. 


Susan lives in Harwich with her wife, the Rev. Peggy O’Connor. 

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