Protosyngellos Timothy Joseph Ferguson, Pastor
Father Timothy was born (1946) and raised in Pittsburgh. He received his B.A. degree in History and Theology from Carlow University after completing a double major program with Duquesne University. Father received his M.Div. degree from Holy Cross Orthodox Seminary in Boston. He pursued postgraduate studies in Theology at Boston College and Providence College and in Family Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.
In the late 1960's he entered a Trappist Monastery in Virginia and remained as a monk for over a year. Here he was introduced to the rich spiritual heritage of the Eastern Church through studies of the desert fathers and patristic writings. Upon leaving the monastery he did volunteer work in community development and agriculture in the Amazon jungle region of Colombia. It was in the Amazon that he met his wife, Louise Boisvert, a volunteer nurse from Quebec. They were married in 1969. Returning to Pittsburgh, Father began a career with the U.S. Public Health Service working as a field epidemiologist in communicable disease.
Father Timothy, Louise and their daughter Christina were Chrismated in the Orthodox Faith on Palm Sunday, 1974 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh. Two years later, their son Brendan was baptized at St. George. In 1978, the family moved to Boston and Father Timothy entered Holy Cross Seminary. They became members of St. George Church in West Roxbury where Father Timothy was ordained to the Diaconate by Metropolitan Philip during the consecration of the new church in April, 1979. Father was ordained to the priesthood on December 4, 1979 by Metropolitan Philip at St. John of Damascus Church in Boston. Father Timothy was assigned as pastor of St. Mary Church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in January 1980 and served there for seventeen years. Metropolitan Philip elevated Fr. Timothy to the dignity of Archpriest in October 1989.
During his pastorate in Rhode Island, Father Timothy served as Regional Spiritual Advisor for Teen SOYO, the Antiochian Women and the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. Father organized and served as president of the Rhode Island Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood. He has represented the Antiochian Archdiocese at international conferences in Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Egypt.
Fr. Timothy has served as a member of the Ecumenical Institute of New England, the National Workshop on Christian Unity and the National Council of Churches. He is a past president of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches. Father assisted as Chaplin at the Adult Correctional Institution in Rhode Island and at the Bradley Psychiatric Hospital for Children. Active in humanitarian outreach, Father has served on the boards of the Rhode Island Interfaith Housing Corporation, the Rhode Island Food Bank and the Rhode Island Organizing Committee. Father Timothy is a member of several human rights organizations including Amnesty International, the Orthodox Peace Fellowship, SABEEL and Human Rights Watch.
Father was appointed pastor of St. George Church in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1997. From 1997 to 2002 he also taught Theology, Church History and Homiletics at Sts. Cyril and Methodious Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh. In 2002, Father Timothy and Louise moved to Guatemala as volunteers with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Here Father ministered to the children of an Orthodox orphanage as well as to members of the local Orthodox community. During his time in Guatemala, Fr. Timothy had the opportunity to visit and serve the Orthodox communities of San Salvador and Ecuador. Upon returning to Pittsburgh in 2003, Father served as a supply priest for the Orthodox parishes of western Pennsylvania while working full time as a Family Therapist with Spectrum Family Network a private agency specializing in in-home family counseling for juvenile offenders and their families.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip, appointed Fr. Timothy as Pastor of St. George Church of Boston in July, 2004. In 2012 Metropolitan Philip appointed Fr. Timothy the Protosyngellos of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Father is also an officer of the Archdiocesan Board of Trustees. Father Timothy and Louise live in Roslindale and Boston and St. George is once again their home.