Mark plans and executes the preaching of the Word on Sunday mornings. He works with the Associate Pastor in shepherding the congregation. He also oversees the Adult Education and Discipleship programs, and lends oversight to Community Groups.
Mark and his wife Lise have known each other since elementary school, growing up in the small town of Kidron, Ohio. They started dating just before Mark graduated from high school in 1992 and left to study Electrical Engineering at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Lise followed Mark to OU two years later, and later they married and moved to Manassas, Virginia, where Mark worked as an engineer. Soon he transitioned into teaching computer programming in the IT sector, which he did for over 16 years, while also pursuing theological studies. Mark holds the Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary (‘07), and is a dissertation away from completing his PhD in Historical and Theological Studies at Westminster.
Mark spent twenty years volunteering in various churches and ministries, as well as over ten years in part-time studies at seminary, all in preparation for full-time ministry someday. That day finally came in January of 2015 when he came on staff at New Life, where he and his family had attended for over twelve years. After a year as an Assistant Pastor, Mark became the Pastor of New Life Glenside on June 5, 2016.
Mark and Lise live in Glenside with their four children, Susanna, Boaz, Mary, and Ezra.
Director of Shepherding
Nicholas returned to New Life as the Director of Shepherding in October 2019. A long-time member of New Life, a Ruling Elder, and a prior staff member from 1993-2007, Nicholas has a passion for seeing people live for and follow Jesus. Nicholas oversees pastoral care, community groups, and intersects with the elders and diaconate to help shepherd the congregation.
Nicholas is married to Nancy for 40 years, and they live with their son, Jeremy, and a perky miniature schnauzer. Nicholas met Nancy at Messiah College in his first year in a class on C.S. Lewis. She immediately caught his eye, but the timing was wrong. After dropping out and then returning (he was on a 7-year college plan), they reconnected in Nancy’s last year. As love and the Lord would have it, she turned down her dreams for overseas mission work as a biology teacher and stayed around in Philly waiting until Nicholas finally graduated. They married in 1980.
They also have a daughter, Julia, who has blessed them with two grandchildren, turning their older years into new-found joy and wonder.
Nicholas graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1989 after Nancy finished her graduate work in Dietetics at Drexel University, where she continues to work as a Registered Dietitian at Abington Jefferson Hospital.
Director of Youth Ministries
Jason is the Director of Youth Ministries where he has the amazing privilege of walking along side students as together we seek to know Christ and to love others.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in exercise and sport science. At age 15, he started working for Utah’s Hogle Zoo selling cotton candy. Over the years, he worked his way up, finishing his career 20 years later as the Director of Development.
In 2007, he came to Glenside to attend Westminster Theological Seminary, where he received his masters of divinity in 2012. It was during seminary that he first began volunteering with the youth in junior high. It didn’t take him long to figure out that the Lord was calling him to shepherding and caring for young people. He’s been happily fulfilling that calling at New Life since September 2009.
Director of Children’s Ministry
After 16 years of membership at New Life Glenside and then eight years with Bridge Community, a church plant of New Life; Amy is excited to return to New Life as the Director of Children’s Ministry. This ministry offers our children a dynamic, Jesus-centered learning opportunity for children from infancy through 5th Grade.
Amy has a passion for being in the lives of children. She holds a certification in Early Childhood Education from Arcadia University. She has been a Preschool Teacher and Camp Counselor for five years in a variety of settings. While attending Bridge Community Church, she was part of a leadership team that created and mobilized Kids Clubs for children of Kindergarten age through 5th grade. She loves to mentor both children and adults involved in Children’s Ministry, and strives to create nurturing, imaginative and exploratory environments that promote relationship building, and joy in learning. Amy is thrilled to be overseeing the KidsLife program, helping children discover the joy of having a deep relationship with Jesus, understanding who he is and how much he loves and cares for them.
Amy also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and spent the last 25 years as a Residential Interior Designer. She continues to operate a side business as an Interior Design Consultant and looks forward to infusing our KidsLife program with her enthusiasm, creativity and love of color and design.
Amy resides in Willow Grove with her husband, Ken, their son Daniel and their beloved pets, Penelope (dog), Pumpkin (cat), Zack and Cody (fun-loving green anole lizards).
Young Adult and College Ministry Coordinator
Jr. High Ministry Leader
Sr. High Ministry Leader
Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant
Andree Seu Peterson
Elders must watch diligently over the flock committed to their charge, that no corruption of doctrine or of morals enter therein. They must exercise government and discipline, and take oversight not only of the spiritual interests of the…church. All those duties which private Christians are bound to discharge by the law of love are especially incumbent upon them by divine vocation, and are to be discharged as official duties. They should pray with and for the people, being careful and diligent in seeking the fruit of the preached Word among the flock (PCA Book of Church Order, paragraph 8-3).
- Nicholas Black, Ardsley, PA (Pastoral Care Oversight Committee Chair)
- Lawrence Bower, Glenside, PA (Missions Committee Chair)
- Scott Dirksen, Glenside, PA (Finance Committee Chair)
- Bruce Johnson, Willow Grove, PA
- Stephen Kim, Dresher, PA (Facility Committee Chair)
- Ron Lusk, Wyncote, PA
- Bob Lyon, Ambler, PA
- Darryl Rearson, Dresher, PA (Outreach Committee Chair)
- Steve Ritter, Willow Grove, PA (Discipleship Ministries Oversight Committee Chair)
- Jim Spaulding, Upper Dublin, PA
- John Timlin, Jenkintown, PA (Personnel Committee Chair)
- Ken Wilson, Philadelphia, PA
- Kurt Wood, Abington, PA
Deacons & Deaconesses
Deacons minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. (PCA Book of Church Order, paragraph 9-2.)
- Josh Chapman, Lafayette Hill, PA
- Benjamin Cochran, Glenside, PA
- Ed Coley, Glenside, PA
- Andy Fordham, Glenside, PA
- John Hagerty, Glenside, PA
- Bret Johnson, Roslyn, PA (Mercy Coordinator)
- Dennis Reidenbach, Glenside, PA
- Dave Sellers, Lafayette Hill, PA (Chairman)
- Nelson Shane, Warminster, PA
- Alan Smith, Ambler, PA
- Joe Vescovich, Cheltenham, PA
- Cara Clark, Philadelphia, PA
- Martha Cochran, Glenside, PA
- Russlyn Cook, Glenside, PA
- Rita Harris, Willow Grove, PA
- Jeri Johnson, Dresher, PA
- Judi Lemay-Lusk, Wyncote, PA
- Rita Ramos, Glenside, PAOut