Born the sixth of eight children in a post-war family in rural New Zealand, Susan left home at 18 to study science at Auckland University. In her first year of study she became a Christian through the ministry of The Navigators on campus. Chris Brereton was also involved in the Navigators and by the time their studies were completed they were married.
Auckland continued to be their home and four children arrived in quick succession, including identical twin girls. Those busy years during the 1980s gave Susan the heart she has today for mothers with young children. When they were all at school Susan got involved with the ministry of Moms in Touch, praying for the children in the local school with other mothers. During this time she worked part time as an industrial chemist and got into long distance running, including several half marathons.
A bonus baby in the mid nineties gave the incentive to quit work, focus on the baby and on her nearly-teenaged other children, plus it gave the opportunity to start a Bible study for younger mothers. The Bible study group continued on through retraining as an Interior Designer in 2001/2002 and only ceased when work grew to nearly full-time hours.
Susan now has two children married and has moved to England with her husband and their youngest child. They attend Wokingham Baptist Church where Susan is involved again with the mothers’ ministry.