Rev. Lynda Ferguson Receiving 2021 Ray of Light Award


Greensboro, NC, May 25, 2021 – Rev. Lynda Ferguson of Asheboro, NC has been chosen to receive the 2021 John A. (Pete) Eberhart Ray of Light Award from Boundless Impact. 
Rev. Ferguson is being awarded for her leadership in creating inclusive and welcoming congregations, and her legacy of breaking down boundaries in communities across NC where she has served as pastor. 
“Pastor Lynda is an advocate for people on the margins, building friendships across racial and socio-economic divides,” said Cindy Thompson, executive director - Boundless Impact.  “Rev. Ferguson works selflessly and tirelessly to make church a community where everyone is loved and accepted, where all people feel a sense of belonging. Her servant leader’s heart and willingness to roll up her sleeves and contribute to any project she is passionate about has inspired me and many others in ministry.”
The Ray of Light award, which recognizes individuals who exemplify Boundless Impact’s vision of building thriving communities that are intentionally diverse, inclusive and equitable, will be presented to Rev. Ferguson at the inaugural ImagineHub Summit on June 3, hosted by Boundless Impact. Presenters will be board members of Boundless Impact: Felix Muriithi, Past Chair; Tom White, Chair; and Dennis Carroll, who also serves on the ImagineHub Steering Committee.
“As a young child, I was taught by my parents and the Methodist church I grew up in, to reach people on the margins and to go across boundaries – this is what my heart is” said Ferguson. “I am tremendously humbled and honored to be selected for the prestigious Eberhart Ray of Light Award, knowing we still have so much work to do in the great state of North Carolina and across the world to bring about justice and to love one another as Jesus taught us to do.”
Rev. Ferguson grew up in Mt. Holly, N.C. and holds degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, Clemson University and Duke University, and always pulls for the Tar Heels. She serves as Senior Pastor for First United Methodist Church in Asheboro and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and leads an ImagineHub site called Lydia’s Place, which will offer shelter, skill-building and support to women and children in the Asheboro community. Pastor Lynda also serves in several leadership positions within the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church, including as a delegate to General Conference, Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and as a board member for Wesley Community Development Corporation.
ImagineHub Summit is an inaugural virtual conference hosted by Boundless Impact for faith-driven creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs with the theme “Let Your Ideas Shine”. ImagineHub is a learning network of missional innovation centers helping the faith sector support entrepreneurial ecosystems. ImagineHub provides a learning network, training programs and support solutions for churches that desire to reimagine and deploy their space and resources as a means for improving economic empowerment in their community. To join the virtual summit on June 3, visit:
Boundless Impact is a North Carolina non-profit formed in 2012 to drive inclusive leadership and innovation initiatives across commerce, education, civic and faith networks to unleash prosperity for all communities. Through leading networks of like-minded organizations, Boundless Impact develops and implements initiatives in cross-boundary leadership, inclusive innovation and cross-cultural engagement. For more information, visit our website at
(Pictured from left to right:
Tom White, Boundless Impact Chair
Felix Muriithi, Boundless Impact Past Chair
Rev. Lynda Ferguson
Dennis Carroll, Boundless Impact board member and ImagineHub Steering Committee
Cindy Thompson, Executive Director of Boundless Impact)

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at