Rev. Jason R. Ferris
Rev. Jason R. Ferris
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.
Director of Music
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.
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.
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.
Claire is a student in Princeton Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity program and a candidate for ministry in the PC (USA).
Claire grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, participating actively in the life of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She went on to Yale, graduating in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Claire then moved to New Mexico as a Teach for America corps member and taught special education for two years before returning to the east coast. Prior to enrolling at Princeton Theological Seminary, she worked for three years as a consultant with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), designing communications and training to support a new teacher evaluation and professional development system for New York City schools.
Having left the public education field to pursue theological education, Claire is passionate about learning practices for pastoral and congregational care, developing as a preacher, working for reconciliation across differences in the church, and extending welcome to those at the margins.
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.