Rev. Margaret Somerville
Margaret Somerville joined us first as our Youth Director while she was completing her Master of Divinity degree at Lutheran Theological Seminary. After her ordination in the PC(USA), she became our Associate Pastor. A lifelong Presbyterian, she grew up as a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia where her father was the minister for thirty years and where she was ordained as a Deacon and Ruling Elder and served as the head of the Youth Christian Education program for over twenty years. Margaret’s commitment to ecumenical and interfaith work is central to her ministry. She sits on the board of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia and is always looking for ways to engage with people of different faith traditions. Margaret is mother to three (Douglas, Colin, Annie). Also a teacher at Friends’ Central School, the focus of her 32-year career as a Latin teacher has been to make the study of the ancient world relevant and exciting for young people. She directs a language learning program called Prima Lingua, which engages middle school students in the discovery of what languages have in common.
Her interest in curriculum development and teacher training extends from the language classroom to the Sunday School room where she tries to teach students that beyond the content studied, learning opens us up to a deeper understanding of who we are as individuals and as members of a community. Margaret develops programming for GPC which includes a series on Interfaith Contemplative Practices, engaging leaders from different traditions to share their meditation and prayer practices. She presented her work on this series at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2018.
Margaret and her family make a yearly pilgrimage to the island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland, the place most dear to their hearts.