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.

 

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...

Where God Lives – July 22, 2018

22 Jul 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
Where does God live? A Church? A desert? A mountaintop? People have always made places sacred. Less intentionally, we have also made places the opposite of...

Predestination – July 15, 2018

15 Jul 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
I had no idea before starting this sermon that there were so many cheeky jokes online about Calvinists and the doctrine of predestination. Like . . . did you...

The Thorn – July 8, 2018

8 Jul 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
A man arrives at the gates of heaven. St. Peter asks, “Religion?” The man says, “Presbyterian.” St. Peter looks down his list, and says, “Go to the...

The Generous Spirit is the Free Spirit – July 1, 2018

1 Jul 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
Most, if not all of us sitting here today have never experienced famine. Most of us have also not experienced life in a nation without a safety net. There used...

This is Just Too Hard – June 24, 2018

28 Jun 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
The story of David and Goliath is deceptive. On the surface we think this is a classic underdog story. But in reality, it is a perfect example of brains over...

Seeing The Heart – June 17, 2018

28 Jun 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
  The prophet Samuel anointed Saul, the first king of Israel. But when Saul proved to be unfaithful, God chose another to take his place. God told...

Strength to Keep Going

10 Jun 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 40: 28-31 SECOND LESSON: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 June 10, 2018 “Strength to Keep Going” Sermon ©Lisa C. Farrell Once...

Hard Pressed on Every Side – June 3, 2018

3 Jun 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
“Hard Pressed On Every Side” Sermon ©Lisa C. Farrell   What do you do if you live in the 1st century and you have a lot of money to keep...
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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.

Church Administrator

Frank Coates

Frank Coates studied music at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is a contemporary and jazz pianist and composer.

Director of Music

Liese Clodfelter

Church School Director

Rob Berley

Clerk of Session

Santiago Castro

Building Supervisor