the leadership of beacon: board members (session elders)
Cathy, Natalie, Lauren, Hannah, & Megan
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 treasurer and data analyst extraordinaire is Natalie Short, who comes to us from the financial literacy non-profit sector. Our clerk and keeper of records is Megan Acedo, who directs a service learning department at a Christian university. Lauren Duncan oversees our worship and Christian education offerings and is a physician's assistant. Hannah Johnson manages our non-religious community programming, is a seminary student, and works as the director of family ministry at another church.
the leadership of beacon: staff
Rev. Rebecca Blake, Pastor & Co-Founder
Rebecca followed several different vocational paths before landing at Beacon. Trained as a visual artist, writer, theologian, and pastor, she finds work at Beacon to be a challenging and life-giving environment where she's able to cobble together those skills to facilitate transformation in the lives of individuals and communities. She loves laughing with kids around art tables and s'mores in the yard, getting to know the neighbors, and making spaces for creative expression in worship and in Beacon's various program offerings. She believes that you can never have enough glitter and that the beauty of God lies within every person.
Rebecca is a graduate of Eastern University and holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She was named Eastern University's Most Distinguished Young Alumna of 2015, and is a Philly Girls Do Good member, class of 2016. She is a PCUSA ordained pastor, a freelance artist, wife to Sean, mama to Julian, stepmom to two brilliant and hilarious stepsons, Tyler and Jackson, and dog-parent to goofy and energetic Hank, Gus, & Coby.
[Photo credit Abi Reimold]
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]
Olivia is a 2nd year MDiv student at Princeton Seminary pursuing a call to ordained ministry. Before coming to Princeton, she was doing youth ministry in Georgia, first with a church in Athens during college, and then full-time with Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Olivia loves cooking, organizing, hand-lettering, and going on adventures with her husband Corey and Pepper the pup.