Leadership & Staff

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Rev. Jason R. Ferris
Pastor and Head of Staff

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Jason Ferris was installed as the eighteenth pastor of Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church in 2011. Raised on a farm in rural Mississippi, Jason has spent his adult life in cities — New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia — where he’s developed a passion for urban life, culture, and ministry.

In preaching, Jason enjoys connecting our rich scriptural tradition to the real concerns of everyday life. In his pastoral leadership, he seeks to foster a community in which all people find ways to contribute their time, talents, and energies to the work of God.

Jason’s background includes international work, documentary filmmaking, and counseling. He is a graduate of Davidson College (BA, English), Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (M.Div.), and Tulane University (MSW).

Jason’s wife Rebecca is a documentary filmmaker and they are the proud parents of three children.

Jason’s office hours are Tuesday-Friday each week.

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Rev. Rebecca Blake
Pastor of Christian Education

Rebecca Blake joined our pastoral staff in 2018. Trained as a visual artist, writer, theologian, and pastor, she is grateful for the opportunity to incorporate those various skills into ministry. She is passionate about the power of art-making in personal and community transformation and helping others discover, explore, and grow their faith, especially via creative expression. In preaching, Rebecca loves exploring how the threads of God’s Story are woven in and through our stories, and in pastoral leadership, she delights in discovering the gifts of others and empowering them to be shared for the enrichment of all. 

Rebecca’s background includes church planting, coaching, teaching art, and implementing trauma-informed practices when working with children and adults experiencing various hardships. She is a graduate of Eastern University (BA) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div). 

Rebecca is married to Sean Refsnider, financial advisor, stepmom to two brilliant and hilarious stepsons, and dog-parent to three American Brittanys.

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Tom Faracco
Director of Music

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In spring 2001, Tom Faracco became Old Pine’s Director of Music. He provides music leadership for worship, directs the Adult Choir and organizes special musical events during the year. Born in New York City, he attended Westminster Choir College and Indiana University, holding degrees in church music, organ and voice performance.

Since 1983, he has been on the voice faculty at Westminster and chaired the Voice Department for 6 years. Tom brings close to 40 years of experience in the field of church music, having served as Director of Music in a wide variety of churches in the Tri-State area.

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Beth Biermann
Church Administrator

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Beth joined the staff of Old Pine in 2013. She has years of experience in church administration, both on the church staff and as a member of various church boards. Beth is also an accomplished journalist who wrote a regular column in The New Town Press newspaper of Southern New Jersey.

Beth holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and for three years worked for the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, DC.

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Doug Slavic
Sexton

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Doug came to Old Pine in 2009, bringing over 30 years of experience in building and landscape maintenance. Doug has contributed to the creation and maintenance of prominent estates in the Philadelphia region and has special interest in history and restoration. His dedication to our historic building and graveyard insures that future generations will enjoy these treasures.

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Kristina Shaughnessy
Director of Children’s Ministries

Kristina directs our children’s ministries programs, including our Sunday School, Confirmation, and Nursery programs. Kristina has years of experience in childhood education and helps create a place where kids of all ages feel welcomed and included.