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 three elders who mutually submit to one another under the ultimate leadership of Jesus.
Our current elder board is made up of the following men and their families: Scott Jones, Manoj Thomas and Rich Lin.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Jacob's Well please send a note to our pastor/elders at elders@JacobsWellNJ.org
We also have a staff team that executes and guides the mission of Jesus through Jacob's Well.
Scott C. Jones - Serving as Lead Pastor, Teaching and Vision
Scott Jones serves Jacob’s Well as the Lead Pastor, Teaching and Vision. Scott and his wife, Sara, have been a part of Jacob’s Well since moving to New Jersey in 2008. Prior to his full-time role at Jacob’s Well, Scott was in campus ministry at Princeton University with an organization called Christian Union. During that time, he also served as one of the original elders of Jacob’s Well, stepping into full-time leadership in the summer of 2016.
Scott has always lived in the Northeast. He grew up on Long Island and was educated at Cornell University (BS in Industrial and Labor Relations) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM). Scott felt called into full-time vocational ministry while leading a Bible Study for his friends toward the end of his undergraduate years. From that time forward, Scott has remained passionate about teaching and shepherding those with deep questions about God and what it means to be truly human.
Scott is an avid reader of the New Yorker, loves all things sports – especially playing golf and basketball – and is a self-described “avid indoorsman.” The deepest joy of his life, apart from Jesus, is his wife and their two boys, Drayton and Cameron.
Jalen Baker - Serving as Pastoral Resident
Jalen Baker currently serves as the Pastoral Resident at Jacob’s Well. Jalen hails originally from Dallas, Texas and did his undergraduate studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where he majored in Sociology. After graduating from Bates he went on to work for the Schuler Scholar Program, an educational non-profit, where he worked with unrepresented high school youth on the south side of Chicago. He recently graduated with his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Jalen has deep passion for social justice and his work and ministry revolves around unraveling the lessons that the Holy Scriptures reveal for followers of Jesus in regard to how we are called to pursue justice for all marginalized and oppressed communities. Jalen is a devout Lebron James and Dallas Cowboys fan and loves sports and Grey’s Anatomy!
Morgan Rudanovic - Serving as Director of Operations
Morgan has run our children's ministry affectionately known as WellKIDs since 2013. In February 2018, her reponsibilities were changed and she now serves solely as Director of Operations. Morgan oversees the church's day-to-day operations and manages many essential systems at Jacob's Well. Morgan was a standout multi-sport athlete in high school and was a top Division One field hockey player for Indiana University. After graduation, Morgan became a Teach for America educator in Newark and taught there for four years. Morgan and her husband Chris are the proud parents of Desmond, Jordan and Hope and they've been attending Jacob's Well since 2008.
Rachel Suarez - Serving as Director of Connections and Equipping
Rachel Suarez is from the great state of New Jersey. Rachel serves as the Director Connections and Equipping. She also serves on the worship team and helps with the women's ministry at Jacob's Well. Rachel has a passion for teaching the Bible and discipleship. She and her husband Jonathan have been attending Jacob's Well since 2009.
Jenna Fisher - Serving as Director of WellKIDS
Jenna serves as the Director of WellKIDS for Jacob’s Well. She and her husband Ryan have been attending Jacob’s Well since 2016. Jenna was born and raised in NJ which has led to her love of pizza, bagels and the beach. She was a special education teacher until she had her son Jonah. As a prior teacher, Jenna finds so much joy being arounds kids. She is passionate and excited about making church a welcoming place for kids and sharing the love of Jesus with them!
Bryan Grosvenor - Serving as Facility Coordinator
Bryan has recently been brought on staff to serve as the Facility Coordinator. He and his wife Katherine have been attending Jacob’s Well since 2016. Growing up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania has taught Bryan how to work with his hands and (try) to fix anything that is broken. Bryan loves God, his wife, people, sports, pizza, hot wings, and Oreos!
Nichole Tippin - Serving as Administrative Assistant
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Nichole has lived in NJ and been a part of the Jacob’s Well family since 2009. She met her husband, A.J., at JWell and they now live in New Brunswick with their two beautiful kiddos. With a degree in Mathematics, six years of teaching experience, and a photography business, Nichole is now serving as the Administrative Assistant and is excited to use her gifts in this role.