the leadership of beacon: board members (session elders)
Cathy, Megan H., Hannah, Megan A., & Jerod
Beacon is governed by a board comprised of 5 community members, also known as a "session." Presbyterian churches are governed democratically, which means session members, or elders, have been nominated, elected, and ordained by their peers. Session members serve terms of various lengths and bring unique gifts and skills to the leadership of Beacon. The session is responsible for overseeing the entire ministry of the church: worship, program offerings, space usage, and personnel.
Our president is Cathy Ryley Hornung, board member of the Leprechaun’s Sports Club, mother of 3, and marshal of hospitality at Beacon. Our clerk and keeper of records is Megan D. Acedo, who directs a service learning department at a Christian university. Megan Hourican oversees our worship. Hannah Johnson manages our non-religious community programming, is a seminary student, and works as the director of family ministry at another church. Dad of three Jerod Hugghins joined the Session in fall of 2020 and is managing Christian Education offerings.
the leadership of beacon: staff
Rev. Laura Colee, Pastor
Rev. Laura Colee (she/her) is an ordained PCUSA Pastor who has lived in the Fishtown/Kensington/Port Richmond neighborhoods of Philadelphia for the past decade. Last year, Laura served as Beacon's part-time Transitional Pastor in order to support the congregation as it discerned who God was calling it to be next. Little did she know at the time, Laura would do some discernment of her own only to discover that she felt at home at Beacon and wanted to walk alongside this magical church community as its Pastor for many years to come.
Laura grew up in the Midwestern town of Normal, Illinois - yes, that is somehow a real place. She competed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University in 2009 and received her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2012. Prior to her time at Beacon, Laura served as the Pastor of Broad Street Ministry in Center City, Philadelphia and the Interim Pastor and Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Concurrently with her new position at Beacon, Laura will begin remotely pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree at Duke University's Divinity School in the fall of 2022.
As a life-long learner, Laura feels most like herself when she is exploring new places, ideas, hobbies, and art. She is passionate about all things Biblical translation, social justice, and community building. Laura and her spouse Eric live with their beloved dog Frankie and are expecting their first child at the end of June 2022.
Abi is a musical artist from Philadelphia. They love the opportunity to make Beacon's musical canon come to life each Sunday. In addition to leading worship at the church and performing in Philly and on tour they are also a wedding photographer. For more information, check out Abi's website: www.abireimold.com.
[Photo credit Bob Sweeney]