Harrowing Of Hell

Susan Pitchford

Off-Site Anchorite

Susan joined Epiphany in 2015. She recently retired after nearly thirty years as a sociologist at the University of Washington, and before that she had a very short career as a nurse. She is a member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis, which is a community that lives the Franciscan life “in the world.” Within the American Province of this global Order, she is Director of Lifelong Faith Formation.

She is a writer, speaker and retreat leader, and has taught adult forums and series on women mystics at Epiphany. Susan’s books include Following Francis, God in the Dark, and The Sacred Gaze. As Epiphany’s “Off-Site Anchorite,” Susan is responsible for supporting the clergy and lay leaders of the parish in creating opportunities for spiritual formation. This includes teaching, preaching, and imagining ways to help members deepen their relationship with God.

Susan lives in the Mt. Baker neighborhood with her husband Bob Crutchfield, also a sociologist. She loves traveling and is an enthusiastic if uneven cook.