Leadership & Staff

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.

Rev. Rebecca Blake
Pastor of Christian Education

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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, a mom and stepmom, and dog-parent to three American Brittanys.

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.

Lani Cole-Mitchell
Church Administrator

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Lani has extensive administrative background and a heart for serving others. She is also on staff as the Director of Worship at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Turnersville, NJ. She has served in music ministry in several capacities at various churches from New Jersey to Florida since the age of 13 and has performed with The Road Company Theatre Group in Williamstown, NJ and the Savoy Opera Company. Lani lives in Gibbstown, NJ and married to Rev. Chuck Mitchell. Together they have four children: Nathan, Samantha, Luke and Gabriella.

Doug Slavic
Sexton & Facilities Management

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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.

Nathaniel Fryer
Seminary Intern

Nathaniel is our student pastor from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a second year M.Div student with a goal of becoming either an associate pastor or a youth minister in the Presbyterian Church. He is a lifelong Michigander and a graduate of Alma College where he studied history and political science. He also plays the trumpet and has been singing in choirs for several years. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, camping, and reading novels.

Elizabeth Wotring
Nursery Care Provider

Elizabeth has been working with children since she was a youth, herself. She’s led creative arts teams, been a camp counselor, and a Sunday School teacher. She loves the energy and imagination children bring, and loves to empower their voice while teaching them the importance of respect and self awareness.