The Rev'd Ruth Ferguson

Rector

“I am humbled and awed to be Rector of Christ Church. Whether we are joining our brothers and sisters in our soup kitchen or in our sanctuary for a world class concert on the Eastman organs, I marvel at the life of Christ Church and the communities and ministries that happen here. I am passionate about liturgy. I am passionate about preaching. I am passionate about human rights – especially in our poverty stricken city - and climate activism” –The Rev. Ruth E. Ferguson

The Rev. Ruth Ferguson began to serve as rector of Christ Church in April, 2010.  A native of the university town of Athens, Georgia, Ruth grew up in an interesting mix of Southern tradition and a progressive music and arts culture.

Ruth majored in English and minored in philosophy at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, where she graduated with honors in English. As part of the college’s work – study program, she worked on the college farm and in its school’s organic fruit, vegetable and flower gardens. Ruth earned her Masters of Divinity at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. While in seminary, Ruth served her fist seminary intern year as chaplain to the AIDS unit at Beth Israel South and her second year as seminary associate at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields

Ruth was ordained in the Diocese of D.C.  Following graduation and ordination, she served as the assistant priest at St. John’s, Olney Maryland and as chaplain to its parochial school. She then returned to St. Luke in the Fields, in New York City to b chaplain to St. Luke’s school and curate to the parish.

Ruth also served in the diocese of Middle Tennessee as a missioner to three rural churches and as humanities teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal boarding school in Sewanee,Tennessee. Prior to her call as rector of Christ Church, Ruth was the Director of Student Life at the Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School.

Ruth is the mother of two middle school children. 

Ruth loves hiking and mountain climbing, playing classical and folk guitar, laughing with her raucous children and fun loving friends, and winning at Scrabble.

Contact Ruth at rector@christchurchrochester.org or by calling the office at 454-3878.