The Assistant Chaplain, Revd Samantha Ferguson
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I was born in Kent and grew up in Guernsey, Channel Islands. After sitting my A Levels I returned to the mainland to do a BA in Social Sciences at the University of the South West. However, in my second year my mother died suddenly and I dropped out to look after my father and my sister. I worked in Administration and Office Management for companies such as Shell in London and Oxford Instruments, in Oxford. I met and married my husband, an RAF Engineer in 1993 and we relocated to RAF Brize Norton in Oxford where our only daughter, Robina, was born in 1997. In 1998 we moved to Scotland when Scott was posted to RAF Leuchars. In 2002 Robina started school and I began a four year full time Masters of Theology Honours Degree at St Mary’s College of Divinity, University of St Andrews.
After I graduated in 2006, I began my two-year ministry training through The Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church (TISEC) I had received my call to ministry in 1998 just after we moved to Leuchars.
In 2006 I became Church Administrator for St Andrew’s Church, St Andrews and spent two years learning how a church is run. Then in 2008 I was ordained deacon in St Andrew’s Cathedral in Aberdeen and became Assistant Curate at St John’s, Aberdeen and St Peter’s, Torry. I was curate for two years before I was appointed Priest-In-Charge at St Ninian’s Church, King Street in 2010.
As part of my role at St Ninian’s, I was Hon. Anglican Chaplain at the University of Aberdeen for 6 years as well as Episcopalian Hospital Chaplain. I was also very involved as School Chaplain for the local Seaton Primary School and an active member of the Local Ecumenical Partnership – The Donside Christian Partnership. I also helped run the monthly services in the local Sheltered Housing Complexes and Nursing Homes.
In 2014 I became Rector of Montrose and Inverbervie Episcopal Churches on the North East Coast of Scotland and then in 2017 I was installed as Rector of Pittenweem and Elie Episcopal Churches. This move back to chaplaincy is one that I am very much looking forward to.
My interests are wide and varied. We have two dogs, Tilly (a rescue ex-racing Greyhound) and Mungo (a Westie from Glasgow who is very naughty). My hobbies are varied from swimming to singing, but if you see your new Chaplain with her nose in a trashy detective novel, do not be surprised!
I have been a Christian since a child and my faith has been a fundamental force throughout my life. I am passionate about Celtic spirituality; both Taizé and Iona have been very special places in my spiritual journey. I am trained as an Ignation Faith Accompanier.
It is a joy to return ‘home’ to St Andrews to live in Anstruther and to work for a University that is simply the best in my opinion! The past decade away in Parish Ministry has taught me a lot but mostly to always have a cup of tea ready with a smile. Come and say hello for all are welcome! Blessings Samantha