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.

 

Blessed – Feb. 17, 2019

17 Feb 2019 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
Most of us are familiar with the Sermon on the Mount found in the gospel according to Matthew. But Luke tells us about the Sermon on the Plain. Both contain...

Exposed – Feb. 10, 2019

10 Feb 2019 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
God has a habit of picking the most unlikely people to do God’s work. God’s choice wouldn’t even get to the interview stage in our world. Abraham would...

The Local Boy – Feb. 3, 2019

3 Feb 2019 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
When Elizabeth Warren announced her run for president, she did so from her home state of Massachusetts. When Kirsten Gillebrand announced her run for president...

Proclaiming God’s Deliverance

27 Jan 2019 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
Well I promised you all a short sermon today due to my voice not being fully recovered, but Jesus has me beat. At least the only thing we have of his sermon is...

Magnificat

23 Dec 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
Our story this morning is about two remarkable women who lived in difficult times. For every 492 men in the United States today there are about 508 women. The...

Day of Reckoning – Dec. 16, 2018

16 Dec 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
When it comes to sermon openers, “You brood of vipers!” would probably not be near the top of any recommended list. Preachers are generally encouraged to...

Prepare The Way – Dec. 9, 2018

9 Dec 2018 0 Comment Rev. Dr. Lisa Farrell – Pastor
Grandma was pretty rushed trying to pick up some last-minute Christmas items at the drug store with her grandchildren in tow while her daughter was at work. As...
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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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