Susan van Niekerk spent a few years of childhood in Hilton, living in a house that borders onto the St Anne’s vlei. She did most of her schooling in Johannesburg and spent many years at university there. In her years of tertiary study she accumulated a B.Sc. in Laboratory Medicine, an M.Sc. in Biotechnology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics at Wits. She later obtained her teaching qualification of a PGCE and her Diploma in Theology.
Susan worked as a senior medical scientist at the then South African Institute for Medical Research. This she left to follow her calling to be an Anglican priest. She worked in parish ministry at St Martins-in-the-veld, Rosebank, and then Chaplain to the College at Bishop Bavin School where she also taught Life Sciences. From there she joined St Anne’s in 2011.
She has a passion for Jesus and for providing girls with opportunities to encounter God and grow in their faith. Susan has a good sense of humour which appeals to the girls and she leads worship creatively. She loves being at St Anne’s and is grateful to be part of what God is doing in this place.