Hi, my name is Katherine Ferguson, and I am a Vocational Deacon. I am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, until my mother and I moved to Decatur, Illinois. From there, I joined the United States Marine Corps in 1972 and made it my career for 22 years. Since then, I worked as a senior systems engineer as a government contractor serving many different programs, including several years directly supporting deployed combat forces by traveling with them to many foreign lands. I retired in April 2020.
As a Vocational Deacon I am currently assigned to La Iglesia de Santa Maria in Falls Church, which has a very large Latinx congregation. My call to ministry began when I was about 10, and the Holy Spirit has never stopped calling me. I began to answer the call by singing in the choir and working with my mom in the altar guild when I was 12. I have always been involved in servant ministry and even was the lay leader for an Episcopal congregation while on overseas assignment. I finally accepted the call in July of 2012, by going to my parish priest and requesting formal discernment for ordained ministry. I attended The Deacons’ School and was ordained a Vocational Deacon in 2018.
The Holy Spirit never seems to be finished with her work as I have discerned a further call to ministry and am now currently in formation for the priesthood at Virginia Theological Seminary. I am a rising senior and am here at Pohick Episcopal Church where I an working to complete my contextual ministry. Part of my work here is to help the community at Pohick to discern their ministry for either an English as a Second Language program at Pohick or possibly to support to an existing program in the Lorton community.
My hobbies include crochet, cooking, woodworking, and photography.
I am waiting for the Holy Spirit to lead me to the next part of my calling.