the leadership of beacon: board members (session elders)
Cathy, Lauren, Hannah, Megan, & 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 Acedo, who directs a service learning department at a Christian university. Lauren Duncan oversees our worship 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. Dad of three Jerod Hugghins joined the Session in fall of 2020 and is managing Christian Education offerings.
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]
Connor grew up in Cincinnati, OH and is currently a second year MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary. After graduating from Davidson College in 2016, he moved to Hunting Park as a Mission Year team member. In his three years in North Philly, Connor cultivated a deep love for his neighbors, the Eagles, and SEPTA Route 47. He also enjoys running, baking bread, and basketball.