Oversight and leadership at Jacob's Well is given by a plurality of men who serve in the community as elders. Currently Jacob's Well has four elders who mutually submit one another under Jesus as our senior pastor. Our team all grew up here in NJ/NYC metro except Pastor Reid who has been joyfully grafted into the Jersey family.
Our current elder board is made up of the following men and their families: Protim Adhikari, Scott Jones, Reid Monaghan, Manoj Thomas
We also have a staff team that executes and guides the mission of Jesus through Jacob's Well. PT indicates they serve part time with our team.
Paul is a deacon at Jacob's Well serving part time on our staff leading worship through the arts. Paul sought to follow Jesus from Indiana to New Jersey in 2008 to help plant Jacob's Well. Since then, God has led him through a number of strange turns -- living with 10 guys in a very large house, traveling internationally in the pursuit of good coffee, learning to grow food and gleaning from farms all over New Jersey. Paul runs the Farm Market for Rutgers University in New Brunswick as well as his duties leading our Worship and Arts community.
Paul has been humbled and amazed at the musicians and artists that God has been bringing together in Jacob's Well. In the summer of 2011 he and Abby Helms were married and welcomed the birth of their son Silas in the summer of 2012.
Tara Malcolm runs all things financial for our team and works as an accountant in the pharmaceutical industry. Tara and her husband Brent hail from the great state of Ohio and moved to New Jersey in 2009 for work. They feel extremely blessed to get connected with Jacob's Well quickly and the community of the church has been a huge part of making NJ their home. Tara received a degree in Accounting from Miami University of Ohio (not Florida!) and has been working in Finance at Johnson & Johnson since graduation. In 2011, she completed her Certified Public Accountant certification. Tara & Brent live in North Brunswick and lead an MC there. In her spare time, she loves to travel, run, read and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. She is excited to be able to use her skills from work to help out at Jacob's Well!
Reid did his undergraduate studies in applied science and physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was also a collegiate wrestler for the perennial ACC power. He is currently doing graduate work in applied apologetics a multidisciplinary field spanning the philosophy, theology and biblical studies. It seems he needs to apply things.
He also addresses students and athletes on various campuses throughout the United States. He has spoken to college students at such institutions as Brown, Princeton, Yale, Wake Forest, Rutgers, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. In addition to his campus work he has spoken at the voluntary chapel services for the Tennessee Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Football Giants. As an apologist for the Christian faith, Reid has led conferences and seminars in the US as well as in places as diverse as Lima, Peru and the Czech Republic.
He loves philosophy, technology, sci-fi (don't hate) and watching ex-wrestlers crush it in the Mixed Martial Arts scene. Some of his greatest joys in life are his wife Kasey (married 1996), and the shorties Kayla (circa 2001), Kylene (circa 2003), and Thomas Reid (circa 2006). His technotheolosophical random blogging goes on over at Power of Change and tweets @reidSmonaghan.
Not growing up in a religious family, he came to faith while wrestling and studying at UNC. More than anything, Reid is thankful for Jesus who grabbed him by the neck and changed his life when he was a twenty year old knucklehead. His family and some friends began Jacob's Well as a small group in homes in the fall of 2008.
Morgan runs our childrens ministry affectionately known as WellKIDs. She and her husband Chris are part of the Fords missional community that gathers in their home. Though she would never share this, Morgan was a standout multi-sport athlete in high school and was a top division one field hockey player for Indiana University. Morgan was a Teach for America educator in Newark as well as helping pioneer charter school efforts in that city. Chris and Morgan are the proud parents of Desmond, aka Diesel, Rudanovic.