the leadership of beacon: STAFF

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, in the classroom, 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 Refsnider, financial advisor extraordinaire, stepmom to two brilliant and hilarious stepsons, Tyler and Jackson, and dog-parent to goofy and energetic Hank, Gus, & Coby. 
[Photo credit Abi Reimold]

Rev. Rebecca Blake

Pastor & Co-Founder

Brandon Schoeneweis

1001NWC Pastoral Resident

Abi Reimold

Worship Leader

Brandon recently received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Princeton Theological Seminary and is in the process of becoming an ordained minister in the PC(USA).  In his free time, he enjoys being with his loved ones and kitty, photography, traveling, and skiing. Brandon regularly seeks out innovation and creativity, engages a variety of new people and ideas, and strives to incorporate his passions into his call to ministry. Because of this, he was more than compelled to pursue residency with 1001 New Worshiping Communities, a program designed to develop just these. Brandon is looking forward to having his spirit fostered by people that are similarly spirited, both with and through the vibrant community of Beacon Church.  

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 playing at the church and performing in Philly and on tour they are also a wedding photographer. For more information, check out Abi's website:  
[Photo credit Bob Sweeney]

Olivia Patterson

Student Pastor

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.

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