Leadership & Staff

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Rev. Jason R. Ferris
Pastor

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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.

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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.

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Sarah Myers
Sunday School Teacher

Sarah teaches the Sunday School and Pre-Confirmation classes at Old Pine. She is a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, pursuing a Masters in Theological Studies. She completed her undergraduate studies at Temple University where she fell in love with Philadelphia. Sarah holds a concurrent position as Sunday School teacher at Beacon Presbyterian Church in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Outside of school, Sarah loves to play music, ride bikes, bake and of course read books.