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 current elder board is made up of the following men and their families:
We also have a staff team that executes and guides the mission of Jesus through Jacob's Well. Not all are full time but all serve fully in the time they have to give.
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 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.
Ross is a deacon at Jacob's Well responsible for the administrative and operational side of things in our community. He is currently purusing a Master's degree in Theological studies throught the NYC extension center of Southern Seminary. Together with his wife Laura, he leads WellKIDS by teaching the Gospel in creative and age appropriate ways to the children of Jacob's Well while equipping parents to do the same. Ross and Laura (married 2007) are the parents of Jack and their newborn son Thaddeus.
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.