Susan B Bowman

Lady Father

Lady Father by Susan B Bowman
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nonfiction Biographies, Religion
For readers of:Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Inspirational
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Print Length276
PublisherAberdeen Bay
Publication DateSeptember 25, 2019
About the Book

Hope you're ready for a mesmerizing look at the history of women's ordination in the Episcopal Church of the 1980's in Southern Virginia and its impact on my life. My name is Susan Bowman, the author of "Lady Father," a memoir which chronicles my journey through the Episcopal ordination process of the 1980's and my subsequent ministries. It is compelling, real, humorous, painful, and joyful. It is filled with real-life experiences which will speak loudly to anyone who feels called to ministry in the church, anyone who is in the process towards ordination, those who are serving in ministry in the church, as well as those in any profession who find themselves in an uphill battle against tradition and just plain discrimination. I lived through it all and have survived and grown and blossomed, even though there was a moment in time when I almost gave it all up because I just couldn't believe that Christians could treat anyone the way I had been treated. I am now retired and, in the words of Maya Angelou, "I wouldn't take nothin' for my journey now.

About the Author

Susan Bowman was born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia. In 1969 she received a BA in Philosophy from the College of William Mary. She began her long and mostly self-taught journey toward computer competency, living and working around the Southeast. Through on-the-job training, Susan mastered the first automatic typewriter (MTST) and by 1971 was formatting a book on aircraft carriers using the MTSC (Magnetic Tape Selectric Composer).

Susan worked for the City of Petersburg for almost eight years before answering a call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. She attended seminary at the University of the South’s School of Theology and graduated with a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1984.

Following her ordination to the priesthood in 1986, Susan served as Chaplain in a girls’ group home and then as Pastor for three churches until retiring in 2007. She worked as a Travel Specialist for AAA and a columnist for the AAA bi-monthly magazine, “Going Places.” In 2007, she answered another call to be “Pastor-on-Loan” to a small United Methodist congregation where she served for 12 years.

In May 2010, Susan became the Senior Editor of an online magazine, Our Heritage Magazine Online. In this capacity, she writes feature articles, recurring columns, and lead stories; she edits all copy for the six online and two printed issues.

In 2011 she published her memoir, Lady Father, which traces her journey through the ordination process and subsequent ministries. Learn more about it and Susan at

She has also written a prequel to Lady Father, “God is in the Journey,” which is available as a Kindle eBook on She is retired and living in upstate New York where she volunteers for Hospice.

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