On January 9, 2012, Old South Church welcomed John Edgerton as our Interim Associate Minister. A 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, John recently completed a two-year pastoral residency with the 1800-member Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC) in Minneapolis. He has taught adult education and tended to pastoral care. John feels called to urban ministry and brings to us deep experience in hands-on mission work, including mission trips to Sierra Leone.
In John’s own words: “I love to be a part of worship. Singing and breaking bread and reflecting on scripture, these are the rhythms of the church that remind me that I am part of something greater than myself. The clatter of coffee-cups, the strong press of a handshake, the shining eyes of someone holding back tears, these are like a great heartbeat that both sends people out into the world and draws them back into community week after week.” (see John's Statement on Ministry)
Meet John Thursday, January 12 at 6 pm Jazz Worship or Sunday, January 15 at 9 am First and 11 am Festival Worship.
Three of John’s ancestors were tried as witches. Two were hanged. One was acquitted. Among the judges who presided over those wretched and misguided trials was our own member, Justice Samuel Sewell. John and Old South Church go back a long, long way.