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 been at Old Pine since 2019 and has an extensive administrative background and a heart for serving others. She has served in music ministry in several capacities at various churches from New Jersey to Florida since the age of 13. She has also served abroad traveling to Haiti on several church-sponsored mission trips. Lani lives in Gibbstown, NJ and is married to Rev. Chuck Mitchell. Together they have four children: Nathan, Samantha, Luke and Gabriella.

Marc Tissenbaum
Graveyard Supervisor

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Marc has a background working in different types of plant-based environments. He grew up working on his family’s farm outside of Huntington, WV and later worked at an organic specialty farm called Woodland Gardens in Athens, GA, where he founded and ran a program called Farmer For A Day, a volunteer educational organic farm tour.

Marc was also the organic landscape gardener for R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, where Marc designed, installed, and maintained gardens at his home and commercial properties for nine years. While working there he earned a Master Gardener certificate from the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

In 2016, Marc relocated to Philadelphia, continuing work as an organic landscape gardener, and eventually accepting the position of head gardener at the Rodin Museum for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Since moving here, Marc has also become a Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Organic Landcare Accredited Professional.

Nate Mitchell
Sexton

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Nate started working at Old Pine during the summer of 2021. He has worked with 3 different churches serving in various ministries. He enjoys working both inside and outside and takes pride in maintaining this historic church. In his spare time, Nate enjoys reading, spending time with friends, leading Youth at St. John’s UMC in Turnersville, video games and watching Marvel movies. Nate is excited to join the team at Old Pine.

Hannah Johnson
Youth & Children’s Coordinator

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Hannah Johnson has been working with Old Pine since 2021. With a passion for children’s ministry and social justice, she brings her experience of programming, management and knowledge of child development to Old Pine’s Children’s and Youth Ministry. Hannah has a degree in Youth Ministry from Eastern University and is currently working towards her Master of Divinity at United Lutheran Seminary in Germantown. Hannah lives in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia with her two best friends and their cats. In her free time she explores Philly, eats lots of ice cream and works part time at Beacon Church in Kensington.

Nathaniel Fryer
Seminary Intern

Nathaniel Fryer is our Seminary Intern from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is in his third year at Princeton in the M.Div/MACEF Dual program. After graduating, Nathaniel plans on entering ministry in the Presbyterian Church, working either as a youth pastor or an associate pastor. A lifelong Michigander, Nathaniel currently lives in West Windsor Township, NJ with his best friend. When he’s not buried in his studies, Nathaniel really enjoys hiking, running, and taking his corgi, Amber for walks.

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.