Priest-in-Residence Rev. Judy Ferguson joins St. James Episcopal Church in North Salem


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St. James Episcopal Church in North Salem announced that Reverend Judy Ferguson joined the congregation as Priest-in-Residence. Rev. Ferguson comes to St. James after retiring from 26 years of active, full-time ministry. She was previously the Rector at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Highland Falls and she continues to serve as the Episcopal Civilian Chaplain to the United States Military Academy at West Point. There, she has led the campus/alumni ministry for the past 21 years.

Rev. Ferguson described St. James as “a place where you are safe and you are loved, despite your religious or spiritual background,” and described it as “a dynamic community with good energy.” As Priest-in-Residence, Rev. Ferguson said she hopes to enrich the parish with regular communion and understanding of the church seasons. She will also work to help guide the parish in finding a permanent priest.

Rev. Ferguson invites all community members, especially parents of young children, to take time out for “Sunday joy” at St. James. Beginning on February 5, the church will offer babysitting during its 10:00 a.m. service to accommodate young families.

“It doesn’t matter what your worldview is, the only thing that God requires of us is to love one another,” Rev. Ferguson said.

Rev. Ferguson invites any community member to drop by the Parish Hall office on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for pastoral care or to talk about theological or social issues.

For more information, call the St. James office at 914-669-5563 or visit

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