Rev. William Ferguson
Rev. William Ferguson was called to First Congregational Church of Pelham in June, 2007, as our Sr. Pastor after a two year Pastoral search. Prior to that he had served as Associate Pastor of Children Youth and Family at the Hampstead Congregational Church UCC in Hampstead, New Hampshire since 2001, and Assistant Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Braintree UCC Massachusetts from 1997 – 2001.
As a strong believer in the strength that is found in the fellowship and life of Congregational Churches, Rev. Bill brings his experience in Youth Ministry, , Confirmation formation, Adult Education, Fellowship events, preaching and counseling to the First Congregational Church of Pelham UCC. He is available for to pastoral care, crisis counseling, building youth ministry, building community, and helping individuals see God actively at work in their lives.
Rev. Bill was ordained in October 1999 at the First Congregational Church of Braintree, MA. and has Full Standing in both the United Church of Christ and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. Rev. Bill holds a BA in Social Service from Boston State College, a Masters of Education in Counseling from Bridgewater State College and a Masters of Divinity from the Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton, Ma. He and his wife, Maureen, have 3 grown children, Dan, John, and Andrew.
Music Director Thomas Seniow directs the adult Chancel Choir and the children’s Cherub Choir. Tom holds a bachelor of science degree in music education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Tom has been a public school music teacher for over 25 years. He is currently the director of choirs at Manchester Central High School and has taught previously in the Pelham and Chelsea , MA school systems.
Tom has 2 children- Kendra, 21 and Laura, 17- and 2 step children- Joey and Sarah .. Tom sings in the tenor section of the Manchester Choral Society. He and his wife Brenda, whom he met here at church, raise Nigerian dwarf dairy goats and lots of other animals at their Windham home
Shannon began her position as Administrative Assistant in June , 2017. She loves her church family and felt called to serve in a higher capacity of being a church member. Shannon is married to her husband, Nate and has two daughters, Grace and Gwyneth.
Sue Howard has been First Congregational Church’s organist/pianist since 1978. She was hired after
having been asked to substitute for the church organist at the time, on a Sunday back in the Fall of 1977.
The rest is history!
Sue holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.
She taught piano at McComb High School in McComb, Mississippi for one year, and has held various
secretarial positions over the years, as well as teaching small groups of piano students from time to
Sue has two grown children and five grandchildren
When not playing for local school choral groups (Central High School in Manchester), playing for
weddings, community events, playing with dance bands, and especially playing at jam sessions at jazz
clubs, Sue enjoys other interests like genealogy, collecting recipes, Scrap-booking, and THE RED SOX!
She also enjoys being a part of Women’s Fellowship and their activities for the church.
Laurie has been a church member for over 15 years and enjoys having a “Second family”. She has a special love for our Bell Choir, being a member for many years.She has four grown children and three grandchildren and enjoys spending time with her family. Laurie loves to be outside, hiking, walking and enjoying nature. She also enjoys doing cross-stitch.