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With the recommendation of our Bishop, his cabinet, your lay leader and leadership, we are once again suspending in-person worship until further notice.
Worship will be online-only until such time that we can come together to worship in person.
A decision about the format and structure of worship thereafter will be made and communicated soon.
Please continue to pray for our church and community, our nation and world, as we face this unprecedented crisis.
Meet Our New Pastor
Glenn Charles Ferguson:
I was born in Philadelphia and lived all my life in the Philadelphia area, mostly in Southern NJ. I graduated high school as a member of the National Honor Society and attended what was then Glassboro State College. It’s now Rowan University. In high school I was mainly interested in music, singing in the choir and playing French horn in the band. I was also a member of the chess club, the history club, and the varsity debate team. I had no clear idea concerning my future when entering college and so switched majors several times. I began as an English major, then Special Education, then Music, and finally graduated as a Psychology major. I spent one year as an undergraduate assistant in Statistics and Experimental Design. I also worked as a teacher’s aid in a school for handicapped children, a crisis counselor in an intervention and call-in center, and a disc jockey on weekends at the college radio station. All the while I was working as a manager for Hardees restaurants; I managed eight units in the Philadelphia-South Jersey area.
At the age of twenty-one I came to faith in Christ at the Wenonah (NJ) United Methodist Church. It was in that church that my sense of call to ministry was recognized and nurtured. Four years later I was given my first pastoral appointment while still a student at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree while simultaneously working through the UMC’s ordination process. I was ordained first a Deacon and then an Elder.
I served a number of churches in the Southern New Jersey Annual Conference and then, after a merger with the north, the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. While serving as a pastor I also worked on many district and conference boards including, but not limited to, the Board of Church and Society, the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, District Committees on Ordained Ministry, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the District Superintendency Committee, the Committee on Church Building and Location, and District Clergy Associations. I also was Co-chair of the Conference Site Team, a sub-committee of the Conference Sessions Team. For a number of years I was a member of the faculty of the Northeast Jurisdiction Local Pastor’s Licensing School. I taught preaching and worship design/leading. For ten years I was an Associate Editor of the conference newspaper, the UMRelay, and then Editor-in-Chief for several more years.
I have served churches across the spectrum of size (small, medium, and large) as well as across the theological spectrum from conservative to progressive and everywhere in between.
I received my Doctor of Ministry degree from the Theological School of Drew University. I have also done doctoral work in Ministry to Marriage and Family and graduate work in Public School Administration.
I went back to my love of music in 2001 by auditioning for and becoming a member of Choral Arts Philadelphia. (www.ChoralArts.com and YouTube). With Choral Arts I served as the Chorus Manager and then as a member of the Board of Directors.
I met my wife Reenie while working on a conference committee. We have been married for almost seven years. We each have three children from previous marriages. Between us we have eight grandchildren and one more on the way. Reenie is a registered dental assistant and works full time.
Since moving to Florida and living in Bradenton, I auditioned for and was accepted to sing with Key Chorale of Sarasota. (www.keychorale.org) as well as Musica Sacra of Sarasota (www.musicasacrasarasota.org). It has been very frustrating having our concert season cut short by the virus.
Now we are living here in Punta Gorda and loving it so far. We look forward to getting to know the people of the church and hope that we will be able to gather together, face to face, soon. Meanwhile, our prayer is that everyone will be safe and well.
Grace and Peace,