We are a family of believers, centered in Christ, reaching out to others, and welcoming all. We worship God, help each other to grow in God’s love, and to share our gifts, seeking to follow where Jesus leads.
The Rev. William Ferguson, a native of Quincy, Mass., was called June 17 as the next Senior Minister at Pilgrim Church of Duxbury.
Rev. Ferguson, who is currently Senior Pastor at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Pelham, N.H., was called as Pilgrim Church’s next pastor by a unanimous vote of the congregation.
The vote came after the church’s Senior Minister Search Committee nominated Rev. Ferguson as its choice for the position.
Rod Clark, of Duxbury, chairman of the search committee, explained that the committee selected Rev. Ferguson after receiving input from both members of the church and community leaders about what sort of pastor would be the most helpful in Duxbury right now.
“We sought a minister who is inspirational, an excellent communicator and a team builder.” Clark said. “We envisioned our next minister co-collaborating with our congregation to reinvigorate the congregation, inspire faith formation, vitality and bring relevancy and accessibility to our community. Youth ministry and outreach experience was also very important. The call of Bill Ferguson affirms that he was the right fit based on his experience and energy.”
Before moving to New Hampshire in 2001, Rev. Ferguson, his wife, Maureen and three sons lived in Rockland, Mass. In September of that year, a Call to Ministry led to a ministerial position in Hampstead, N.H. He served at the Hampstead Congregational Church, UCC for six years before becoming Senior Pastor at his current church in Pelham. He has been in that position for 11 years.
“I have always felt that the lessons of hospitality we find in our Scriptures are the keys to serving and attracting people to our faith,” Rev. Ferguson said. “Romans 15:7 says, “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God,” he said referring to that book in the Bible. “As we begin to learn about each other and the ways we can serve God together, we will find the essence of love that God has for us in the teachings of Christ and the presence of the Spirit.”
“I remember and will always understand the pull of the “outside” world that declares and offers so much that pulls us “away” from our faith practices,” Rev. Ferguson said. “But I am excited to develop ways to stay connected, that the members of Pilgrim Church will be proud of both their own spiritual practices and the community practices of hospitality and welcome.”
Rev. Ferguson is expected to begin his new position in September.
From mission and outreach initiatives in the local community to fellowship and healing ministry groups, our vibrant church community is active nearly every day of the week.
Church School is held for Pre-K through 8th Grade during regular Sunday Worship at 10am from Labor Day through June. High School Sunday School is held on the second Sunday of each month from September through June. Nursery Care is also available.
Age specific youth groups feature social time, Christian education, and a variety of fun activities giving all young people in our church community the opportunity to connect with peers and families who share similar values and beliefs. You don’t have to be a member of Pilgrim Church to participate, everyone is welcome!
We invite youth people age 14 and up to become members of Pilgrim Church through religious education, exploration of beliefs, mentoring and leadership as part of our Confirmation class. Classes meet twice a month beginning in September and Confirmation takes place in May.
Our historic building contains many unique spaces that would be perfect for a party, service, meeting, rehearsal, reception, or get-together…..even a dance!
We can accommodate just about any special event or regular series. All rooms are ADA-accessible, and climate-controlled year round.