On Faith

On Faith: From baker and Baptist to Presbyterian educator

November 5, 2013 

Heather Ferguson has been named new director of Christian education at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road.

Heather Ferguson, a South Carolina native who holds her doctorate of educational ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, has been named new director of Christian education at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road.

She has spent the past three years as staff associate for education at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill.

Growing up in a Baptist church, Ferguson worked in a local bakery and received a scholarship to Dunwoody College of Technology, a baking school in Minneapolis, Minn.

While working for the Pillsbury Co., a friend invited her to attend a Presbyterian church. Within two years, she left Pillsbury to become the director of youth ministry at Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley, Minn. After three years, she returned to the South to pursue a theological education, completing an undergraduate program at Montreat-Anderson College and a master’s program at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va.

After graduation, she received a call to Highland Presbyterian in Winston-Salem where she served as a Christian educator for 15 years. In 2008, she entered her doctoral program at Columbia Seminary.

Westminster had more than 30 applicants for the position, according to the Rev. Chris Tuttle.

Mission benefit

The Thanksgiving Ingathering at. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, will benefit the Durham Rescue Mission as both the church and preschool collect nonperishable food items during November. Donations from the larger community may be brought to the church narthex, the reception area where preschool children will have their donation boxes. The delivery to the Rescue Mission will be Nov. 25.

10,000 meals

Volunteers of all ages at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St., in collaboration with the Triangle Park Chapter of Links Inc., recently packaged 10,000 meals to help celebrate the church’s 125th anniversary. The dehydrated, high-protein meals, with a shelf-life of two years, are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world. Stop Hunger Now reports that more than 250,000 volunteers have packaged meals through this program.

Child care openings

White Rock Baptist Church’s Child Development Center, a five-star child care program, is now accepting applications for children ages 3 and 4. Call 919-683-1649 to schedule an appointment to tour the facility, located at the church, 3400 Fayetteville St.

White Rock is also currently holding Bible Discovery classes using the book “Baptist Beliefs” by E.Y. Mullins as a study guide. The book costs $10 and is available at the church office. Call 919-688-8136 for more information. Open to all interested persons.

Conscious Aging

The Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South has announced the formation of an ongoing group on The Art of Conscious Aging. The group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday at Colony Hills Clubhouse, 3060 Colony Road. There is no charge. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch; tea will be provided. Call 919-683-1236 to register.

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