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 Refsnider, financial advisor, stepmom to two brilliant and hilarious stepsons, 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
Church Administrator

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Lani has extensive administrative background and a heart for serving others. She is currently a member of HOPE Church where she is also on staff as the Worship Leader for their new campus, located in Mount Laurel, 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 is the proud mom of her beautiful daughter, Gabriella, and resides in Haddon Township, NJ.

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.

Hannah Johnson
Sunday School Teacher

With a degree in Youth Ministry from Eastern University, Hannah has a passion for social justice and love for the city of Philadelphia. Currently Hannah also works as the Youth Missions Coordinator at The Common Place, creating a program called A Common Mission Experience and as the Event and Volunteer Coordinator at Beacon Church.

Timothy Wotring
Sunday School Teacher

Timothy was born in raised in the Appalachian mountains in Western Maryland. He graduated from Eastern University in 2012 with a BA in Theology. Most recently he earned his MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in NYC. His passions are far and wide. They include walking alongside post-grads in their discernment process or making sure our siblings experiencing homelessness have clean socks and full bellies.