Rev. Dr. Lisa C. Farrell was born and raised on the Main Line. She graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1976 and went to Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. While at Franklin and Marshall she won an Andrew Mutch Scholarship, a full merit scholarship from the Saint Andrew’s Society in Philadelphia to attend the University of Edinburgh for her junior year.

Lisa felt called to the ministry as a freshman in college but kept this to herself. Having grown up Presbyterian, she rebelled and became an atheist as a teenager, and coming to faith in her freshman year the thought of ministry was still quite alien. It was a male dominated field and Lisa had never met any women ministers. While at Edinburgh University she decided to take a class in New Testament to test her sense of call. As it turns out, she was permitted to do so only because she was an “Andrew Mutch Scholar.” The providence of God not only provided the means to study in Scotland, but it opened doors that would otherwise have been closed. By the end of the year she had transferred from Franklin and Marshall to the University of Edinburgh to do a joint BA BD degree. A BD (Bachelor of Divinity) is the Scottish equivalent of an MDiv.

It was during her time at Edinburgh University that Lisa met another young seminary student, Douglas Page, and they were married in 1980.  They had three children, Anna, Mark and Paul.  For a number of years she was a highly qualified full-time minister’s wife.  The marriage unfortunately ended in 1990 and Lisa returned to her family home in Wynnewood. At this low point in her life it was time to seek God’s guidance once more, and once more God said “Ministry”. Having already graduated from seminary in Scotland she came under care of the Philadelphia Presbytery, completed additional requirements for the PCUSA, and worked part-time at a church in Northeast Philadelphia. She was installed as the pastor of Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church in 1995.  In 2013 she completed a further course of study at the Lutheran Seminary of Philadelphia earning a Masters in Sacred Theology and a Doctor of Ministry.

Lisa is passionate about the need to approach scripture in its historical context. Without a correct understanding of context many scriptures are misunderstood. Translation is also a challenge, and human bias can affect the outcome. Her Master’s Thesis completed in 2013 is on “Translation Bias in the Texts Relating to Homosexuality.” Lisa believes that the Word of God in scripture is inspired, but it is the living Word of God, Jesus, who we worship. The bible points to God. It should never be placed above God.

On November 25, 2017 Lisa married the love of her life, Vicki Darring with the blessing and support of the Session of the Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Kevin Porter, the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Philadelphia presided.  They currently live in Drexel Hill with their three dogs Blue, Emily and Sweet Pea.

 

Not To Be Served But To Serve – October 21, 2018

21 Oct 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
The capacity for denial is a basic part of our human psyche. It’s a defense mechanism that allows us a little breathing room before we have to deal with the...

When the First Come Last – October 14, 2018

14 Oct 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
Rev. David Yonggi Cho, founder of the world’s largest church, a congregation in South Korea with close to 800,000 members, said: “We must rethink our...

At the Present Time – Oct. 7, 2018

7 Oct 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
God made a perfect world, and then . . . we happened. Left to their own devices the birds and fish, insects and reptiles and mammals, would have never created...

The Power of Prayer – Sept 30

30 Sep 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
A church was holding a revival. The pastor had worked his way up to a fever pitch. There were going to be miracles seen this day! And right in the middle of it...

Peacemaking

23 Sep 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
Irony is sometimes missed on the church secretaries who create Sunday bulletins. One put in the following announcement: “The peacemaking committee meeting...

Foot in Mouth Disease – Sept. 16, 2018

16 Sep 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
When it comes to saying awkward things that could be easily misunderstood, children take the prize. While one family was sitting around the dinner table,...

Sept 9 – God’s Will, Not Ours

9 Sep 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
I met someone this week who runs a match-making business. I thought matchmakers were straight out of Fiddler on the Roof--a thing of the past or a practice...

Sept 2 – Inside Out

2 Sep 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
An overheard conversation about the origins of kosher: God: “And remember, Moses, in the laws of keeping Kosher, never cook a calf in its mother's milk. It...

How Big Is Our God?

29 Jul 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
A trio of old veterans were bragging and joking about the heroic exploits of their ancestors one afternoon down at the VFW. “My great grandfather, at age...
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Heather Cronan

As the Church Administrator Heather oversees all aspects of the church office including bookkeeping, managing vendors and contractors, scheduling and community communications as well as providing general support to the Pastor. In addition to church operations Heather is heavily involved in pastoral care as well as occasional preaching. Heather is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Urban Theological Institute with a certification in Christian Ministry. Prior to her employment with Penn Wynne Presbyterian Heather was the Director of Operations for Drug Development Insights, Inc., a pharmaceutical research company. Heather is married with 2 college aged children. She and her family live in Merion Station, PA.

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