Two Local Pastor Retirement Celebrations!

Rev. Ginnie Ferrell

CUCC-Ginnie-Celebration-1220Rev. Ginnie Ferrell is retiring on July 31 from Central Congregational UCC in Atlanta after serving the congregation twice over a period 16 years. Although she retained the title of Associate Minister for Children and Youth, she was a pastor to everyone at varying times through the years: visiting the sick and home-bound, doing outreach ministries, caring for the church building and grounds, and celebrating weddings and memorial services and sometimes preaching. In the summer of 2014 she served as Acting Senior Minister while Rev. Shannon Michael Pater was on sabbatical. Ginnie’s educational ministry introduced Godly Play and Our Whole Lives sexuality education, and she was one of the founders of Camp Beech Grove, a faith based ecology day camp on the grounds of Central that served students from a local elementary school as well as registered campers. She will continue to serve as the chair of the PATHWAYS Advisory Committee for the Southeast Conference.

Rev. Dr. Ashley Cleere

Ashley Jubilee StoleRev. Dr. Ashley Cleere has retired from her position as Chaplain at Piedmont College where she has served since 1999. Ashley  has served local churches in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Connecticut. Her background also includes engagement with social change organizations, addressing issues such as hunger, global health, and racial injustice. She is a past president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. As Director of Church Relations for Piedmont College, her office has been the primary liaison for the Southeast Conference Annual Meetings the last three years.  She was honored July 17 during the Commission on Ministry Retreat with the presentation of a Jubilee stole from the 50th Annual Meeting of the Conference.