Deacon Anatol Ferguson

Deacon

Brief info

Anatol Ferguson was ordained to the Diaconate on June 28th, 2024 at The Pro-Cathedral of Christ The King, Grand Bahama

Anatol Allison Ringel-Ferguson exemplifies resilience and dedication, navigating life’s challenges with a steadfast spirit. Born on January 9, 1990, in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Anatol’s pursuit of excellence began early. Her curiosity and support for her peers were hallmarks of her academic journey at Bishop Michael Eldon High School, where she graduated in 2007. Her commitment to her faith was solidified post-graduation when she dedicated her life to God.

Anatol’s passion for business and entrepreneurship led her to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Terreve College, followed by an MBA in Leadership and Management from York St. John University in the UK. Her professional journey includes roles such as Assistant Auditor for the Government of the Bahamas and adjunct Lecturer at the University of the Bahamas, Northern Campus. These roles allowed her to shape and inspire the nation’s youth, mirroring her work at Christ the King Anglican Church, where she has been a community service-oriented leader for over a decade.

In 2018, Anatol married Rev. Dr. Ethan Ferguson and relocated from Freeport to Exuma. Here, she utilized her business skills in the hospitality industry as an Assistant Resort Manager at Kahari Hotel. The pandemic saw her return to teaching, where she imparted knowledge in Mathematics and Computer Science at St. Andrew’s Anglican School.

Anatol’s dedication to serving others led her to Sewanee, Tennessee, in 2021, where she attended the School of Theology at the University of the South. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Divinity and earning the prestigious Episcopal Preaching Award, she became a published writer. Her spiritual journey was further enriched by a transformative pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2023 and participation in the International Anglican Clergy in America conference in 2024.

Anatol is a Fellow of the American Association of University Women, Leaders Way at Yale Divinity School, and the Transformative Preaching Lab at Duke Divinity School. As she prepares for her ordination as a Deacon in the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas, her unwavering commitment to her faith remains her guiding light. Amidst her accomplishments, she cherishes making arts and crafts with her three-year-old son, Zaire, and binge-watching Gordon Ramsey cooking shows.

Anatol’s multicultural heritage, being half Bahamian and half Ukrainian, adds depth to her identity. Her alb, crafted by Katherine Poitier, features Jerusalem crosses symbolizing her time with priests on the frontlines in the Middle East. Despite her Roman Catholic upbringing, her conversion to Anglicanism was inspired by Canon Robinson’s captivating sermons during high school. Guided by mentors like Dean Bain, Rev. Willish, and Rev. Roach-Hepburn, Anatol stands as the first female clergy from Christ the King, Freeport, and the first from Grand Bahama in the diocese.

Anatol’s journey is marked by her deep-rooted faith, commitment to service, and relentless pursuit of excellence. She has made a significant impact on her community and beyond.