Darren Ferguson, D.Min, Re-Entry Coordinator, Orange, NJ Police Department

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Darren A. Ferguson is a preacher, minister, teacher, singer, motivational speaker, and social activist. In 2020, he was appointed as the reentry coordinator for Orange, New Jersey, providing supportive services and rites of passage programs for formally incarcerated citizens who are returning to the city. Dr. Ferguson also served as the inaugural director of Graham Windham’s Unlimited Potential program, an after-school and summer program for criminal-justice-involved 16- and 17-year-olds and served as the director of an affiliated program, Hunts Point Beacon.  He is the national director of public relations for Healing Communities, USA, which provides training and technical assistance for houses of worship to become “Stations of Hope” for the formerly incarcerated. 

Dr. Ferguson was part of the team of advocates instrumental in getting the Fair Chance Act law passed in New York City, which supports reentering citizens in obtaining employment. He also served as chair of a White House meeting on Recidivism, Gun Violence and Police Brutality during the Obama Administration. 

Dr. Ferguson has received many awards, including the first ever “Amos Award” from Sojourners Magazine/The Call to Renewal, Inc. He has been honored several times for his work in youth advocacy and civil rights by the New York City Council. He also was honored with the “House of Justice” Award by Rev. Sharpton’s National Action Network.

Dr. Ferguson published an autobiography How I Became an Angry Black Man: From Prison to the Pulpit. He graduated from the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) with a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) serves as an adjunct professor for the Certificate in Ministry program at NYTS.

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