Meet Sam Ferguson, Our Next Rector
Sam grew up in the beautiful countryside of Chester County, Pennsylvania. While in college at Drexel University he heard a distinct call from God to life as a pastor. Upon graduation he went on staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in inner city Philadelphia, leading Bible studies on high school campuses and coaching basketball in the Philadelphia Public League. These early experiences deeply shaped Sam’s convictions about our common need for Jesus, and the importance of strong churches for reaching out to communities.
Sensing God calling him to ordained ministry in the local church, Sam completed a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, near Boston, and a Master of Philosophy at Cambridge University in England. His calling to the Anglican Church solidified during these years and in 2011, Sam was ordained in the Anglican Church of North America.
Sam joined The Falls Church Anglican in 2011 as part of our Timothy program, and in 2015 became Associate Pastor for Research and Teaching. In this latter role he began a Ph.D. in New Testament at Southeastern Seminary in North Carolina. Supervised by Dr. Andreas Köstenberger, Sam is writing a dissertation in the area of biblical anthropology.
In July 2018, The Falls Church Anglican’s Vestry voted to call Sam as our next Rector, a role he’ll transition into in spring 2019. Sam is humbled by such a calling, but equally excited about God’s plans for our church in the years ahead. Convinced God made people for community and mission, Sam longs to see people continually drawn into the Family of God through our church then sent into the world on mission.
Asked about heroes, Sam said, “Saint Paul, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Piper, and my dad; men whose lives are worthy of imitation.” As a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, he’s tempted to add Nick Foles!