Rev. Jamesetta Ferguson
Reverend Jamesetta Ferguson is increasing the scope of her congregation to impact her community in Louisville, Kentucky.
Rev. Ferguson serves as the pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ located in the heart of one of Louisville’s largest housing projects. With incredible vision and perseverance, Pastor Ferguson has transormed this once closed faith community into a thriving neighborhood church that meets the needs of the community.
To increase the services provided by the church, Ferguson organizes and leads groups of volunteer workers, most who live at or below the poverty level, to help themselves through helping others.
Under Pastor Ferguson’s leadership, St. Peter’s has expanded its programming to benefit the neighborhood’s adult and child populations. St. Peter’s began a Dare to Care Food Distribution Center as well as an Emergency Food Center. The church also offers support community meetings for those with HIV/AIDS or struggling with addition recovery. Through community partnerships, St. Peter’s dispenses health information ad provides free health screenings. A licensed counselor also provides services to individuals and families in need for free or at a reduced cost.
St Peter’s represents a safe place to the over 500 children and youth that live right across the street in the housing project. Church vlunteers provide local children and youth with a hot meal, help with homework, and healthy, fun times during the youth programs through the week.
In Pastor Ferguson’s words, “I have undertaken the transformation of a traditional congregation in urban Louisville and have led them to great success in reaching people in a predominantly African-American community. Creating an atmosphere of harmony and unity in this increasingly diverse society is key to helping people care about one another and a willingness to help one another. I have also served as an advocate for the people in the congregation and community to seek individual identity through spiritual growth and participation in social services that will empower them in their individual lives and families to become better men, women and children.”