SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Scotch Plains welcomes its new rector, the Reverend Susanna Cates. A 2013 graduate of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX, she served previously at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, TX, and at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, NJ.

The Reverend Cates joined the Episcopal Church in 2004, after having been raised in the Jewish faith. She joyfully incorporates all she loved and learned about Judaism into her Christian practice, teaching, and preaching. Her greatest love in church work is formation for all ages. In fact, her work with the church started with youth volunteer teaching and swiftly extended to Bible study with adults, summer camps with younger children, and the discernment process that led her to seminary and ordained ministry.

Born and raised in Gainesville, FL, The Reverend still considers herself a proud Gator, despite ten years of attempted indoctrination by her friends in Texas. She loves cooking and engaging in what she refers to as “theological tourism.” Her travels include grant work in Kenya, multiple trips to Israel and Palestine, a self-guided church tour in England and France, and many domestic excursions.

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The Reverend looks forward to learning more about the Scotch Plains-Fanwood communities and getting to know its people. She warmly welcomes all people to join the community at All Saints’, regardless of where they may be on their faith journeys. All Saints’ is an open, welcoming, and progressive Episcopal Church.

Services are held every Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., with Children’s Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. in conjunction with the service. More worship and Adult Education opportunities are coming soon! All Saints’ is at 559 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. For more information, visit the website at, or call 908-322-8047. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.