Scott C. Jones - Lead Pastor
Scott Jones has served as the Lead Pastor of Jacob’s Well since 2016. Prior to that, Scott was in campus ministry at Princeton University for eight years with an organization called Christian Union. Scott and his wife, Sara, have actually been a part of Jacob’s Well since its earliest years of being planted, joining the core team in 2008.
Scott 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 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.
Morgan Rudanovic - Director of Operations
Morgan oversees the church's day-to-day operations and manages many essential systems at Jacob's Well. She began working here in 2013 as the Director of our children's ministry (WellKIDS) and transitioned to Director of Operations in 2018. 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. She now loves riding her Peloton, staying active and watching her own children compete in sports. Morgan and her husband Chris are the proud parents of Desmond, Jordan and Hope and they've been attending Jacob's Well since 2008.
JALEN BAKER - Associate pastor
Jalen Baker 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. Jalen graduated with his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2021 and is currently pursuing his PhD in the History of American Christianity at PTS. His research interests include Black American religious history, Evangelicalism in America, and Black political and theological perspectives and ideologies. Jalen is interested in studying the origins of Black Evangelicalism in America and is particularly interested in the last decade of the antebellum period. Jalen has a 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.
Rachel Suarez - Director of Connections and Equipping
Rachel Suarez is originally from the great state of New Jersey. She grew up in a Christian home, and came to know Jesus at a young age- a story and legacy for which she is grateful. Though things have challenged her faith, Jesus has kept her close to himself and his people. Rachel has always had a passion for teaching the Bible, discipleship, and worship. After teaching and serving in campus ministry at Princeton, Rachel completed an MDiv with a concentration in counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. She currently serves as the Director of Connections and Equipping- welcoming new folks, getting them connected to the life of our community, and helping to lead Discipleship. She and her husband Jonathan met at Jacob’s Well in 2009- a real Jacob’s Well love story. They have two children and are raising them to love Jesus and Jersey, in that order. You can find Rachel spending time with her family, singing in the car, unwinding by rewatching her favorite TV shows and movies, or Googling for the best food in the area.
Jenna Fisher - Director of WellKIDS
Jenna serves as the Director of WellKIDS and the co-director of WellTEENS for Jacob’s Well (alongside her husband Ryan). They have been attending Jacob’s Well since 2016 and now have 2 boys. Jenna was born and raised in NJ which has led to her love of the beach. She was a special education teacher until she had her first son. As a former teacher, Jenna finds so much joy being arounds children. She is passionate and excited about making church a welcoming place for kids and sharing the love of Jesus with them!
Nichole Tippin - 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 Jacob's Well and they now live in New Brunswick with their two kids.
Nichole earned a degree in Mathematics from Allegheny College. She then came to NJ to teach with Teach for America. After six years of teaching experience, starting and running a photography business, and several years leading the offering counting team, Nichole is now serving as the Administrative Assistant and is excited to use her gifts in this role.
Spiritual oversight at Jacob's Well is given by a plurality of elders. Currently Jacob's Well has five elders who mutually submit to one another under the ultimate leadership of Jesus.
Our current elder board consists of: Scott Jones, Manoj Thomas, Rich Lin, Obed Aviles and Jalen Baker.
We have always been an "all hands on deck" church and it has been a blessing in this past season to have so many gifted individuals willing to serve our community so lovingly. Each year we run a Teacher Cohort and a Leader Cohort where we equip a new group of members. Our Leadership Collective group is growing and continues to meet four times a year for continued clarity, investment, feedback, and community.