Caroline Ferguson

 Caroline Ferguson

Caroline Ferguson
For Caroline Ferguson, 49, the road to being ordained began as a child in the silence of her local church as she learned to play the organ. Now, she is being ordained as a Deacon at St Mark’s with St Paul in her home town of Darlington, where she has served as Churchwarden as well as being a PCC member. She said: “I was brought up as a Roman Catholic and as a teenager played the organ at St Thomas Church in Darlington. “ I spent a great deal of time on my own in Church practicing and it was there in the silence that I first felt the call to ministry. “At that time, I began to grapple with a number of theological issues and in 1984 I was received into the Anglican Church. “Although I was still aware of God’s call I became rather adept at ignoring it.  It was only in 2008 as the call became even stronger that I finally accepted that I needed to trust God and see where it would lead me.” It’s  a big change for Caroline. After leaving college, she worked  as a Civil Servant in the Manpower Services Commission and gained a BA (Hons) in Education and Training at University. She has held a number of posts including Director of Education and Skills as well as Director of Learning at a number of large charitable organisations in the region, working with the marginalised and socially disadvantaged, including offenders, the homeless and those with addiction problems. In 2007, she became a self employed consultant providing training and has been appointed to her home church St Mark with St Paul as Assistant Curate (Non Stipendiary). She said: “I am very excited at the prospect of being able to serve God in my local parish, in a community I love. “Training for ordained ministry has been a challenge. Studying part time has meant that I have had to juggle home, work and studies and often this hasn’t been easy to do. However, I firmly believe God equips those he calls and somehow I have managed to complete the first three years of my training despite having to balance all of these things. “My Christian faith and background in education very much informs my ministry. I strongly believe in nurturing and empowering people to enable them to use their gifts and reach their potential.”  

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