Laurie Farquharson

Laurie Farquharson is our Director of Christian Education. Her areas of job responsibility include children’s ministries (Kids Club, Sunday School, Children’s Chapel, VBS, etc.), adult education ministry and Stephen Ministry. She serves on the Board of the Christian Child Center. She’s been a member of staff since 1989 and a member of the congregation since 1977. She is most grateful for the opportunity to have combined many ears of practical experience as a church volunteer and as an educator in the public schools with the seminary course work which has further equipped her for her role here.

Laurie grew up in rural central Virginia, the daughter of a county agricultural agent and homemaker, both Presbyterian elders. From the age of 10 when she was an aide to her favorite Sunday School teacher, Laurie has been actively involved in Christian Education. After graduating as valedictorian of her small Madison County High School class, she attended Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She earned a B.A. with Honors in English with additional coursework in Elementary Education and was certified to teach K-5 in Virginia and later in Illinois. In 1969, Laurie married her husband Jim and moved to suburban Chicago where she thoroughly loved teaching 1st and 2nd grades for four years until sons Paul and Scott were born. In Illinois, she was an active member of the large First Presbyterian, LaGrange, and enjoyed chaperoning youth events, serving on the worship committee, teaching pre-schoolers and chairing the Nursery Mothers’ Circle.

In 1977, Laurie and family moved to Central Florida and joined Wekiva Presbyterian. Here Laurie served multiple terms as deacon, elder, teacher (for 12 years), chair of a number of committees, a member of Central Florida Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry and chair of CFP Nominating Committee. After much prayer and reluctance, she answered God’s call as Interim Director of Christian Education in December, 1989 during a period of pastoral and educator vacancy. In 1991, she was pleased to be called and installed as director when the pastorate was filled.

Laurie has completed all coursework for Associate Christian Educator certification by the PC (USA) by taking many graduate courses at Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Course work has involved study in the areas of Biblical Interpretation, Reformed Theology Christian Education Theory and Practice, Human Development and PC (USA) Polity and Mission.

Laurie is happy to be the "homegrown" educator here and thoroughly enjoys a call to ministry that involves a broad job description and many opportunities to love and serve people of all ages.

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