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: James Fields, Scott Jones, and Manoj Thomas.
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. PT indicates they serve part time with our team. Vol indicates volunteer staff.
Scott C. Jones - Serving as Lead Pastor, Teaching and Vision (FT)
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.
Jelani Walker - Serving as Director of Operations (FT)
Jelani is a native of the Central Jersey area. He serves as Director of Operations here at Jacob's Well where he is involved in managing the facility, caring for our community and involved in creating music, videos and imagery for Jacob's Well. He also serves in WellKIDs and is a leader of the Highland Park Missional Community. He is an avid watcher of soccer and also enjoys shopping for records at the local thrift store. Jelani is a lover of people and has a desire to see people walk and love Christ. He also realizes that it was God’s grace that has saved him and desires to serve well at Jacob's Well through that same grace that he has been given.
Morgan Rudanovic - Serving as Chief Administrator / wellkids Director (PT)
Morgan has run our childrens ministry affectionately known as WellKIDs since 2013. In February 2018, her reponsibilities were expanded to the role of Chief Administrator. Morgan now oversees the church's day-to-day operations and manages many essential systems at Jacob's Well. She and her husband Chris are part of the Woodbridge missional community that gathers in their home. 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 as well as helping pioneer charter school efforts in that city. Chris and Morgan are the proud parents of Desmond, Jordan and Hope.
Michael Bond - SERVING AS Musical Director (PT)
Michael serves as the Music Director for Jacob's Well. Michael and his wife, Stephanie, are a part of the New Brunswick Missional Community. Michael is a professional pianist and educator. Michael is excited to serve at Jacob's Well and thankful that God continues to provide him and his family through the gift of music. His mission, alongside worship coordinator Dave Lawrence, is to help create a worshipful environment, through the worship at Jacob's Well that encourages people to be vulnerable and open before God.
Jonathan Sgalambro - SERVING AS Pastoral Resident (PT)
Jonathan Sgalambro is currently serving our community as a part-time pastoral resident. He is developing skills so that he will one day pastor a church. At Jacob's Well he is developing and leading our diaconate that cares for our community, enhancing the assimilation and connection process to help people become part of Jacob's Well and oversees our Missional Communities. A native of New Jersey, he is currently pursuing a vision for advancing the Kingdom of God in central New Jersey. Jonathan is married to Deanna and they have three children, Nathan, Elisabeth, and Joshua.
Dave Lawrence - SERVING AS Worship coordinator (PT)
Dave and his wife Marissa live in East Windsor with their two sons, Jaden and Parker. They are a part of the Princeton Missional Community. Dave learned how to play guitar when he was a little boy by being taught worship songs by a leader at his family's church. Now he helps lead our worship community here at Jacobs Well, where his skills at administration and structure help him facilitate and schedule the worship teams. Self described as “whatever the opposite of a handyman is” Dave instead enjoys live music, watching sports and hunting for a new pair of Converse sneakers. Dave desires for all people to know God and realize the depths of all that He has done and then respond in worship both through song and in life and action within the communities in which we exist.
Rachel Suarez - serving as WellThought Coordinator / ministry resident (Vol)
Rachel Suarez is from the great state of New Jersey. She and her husband Jonathan are part of the Princeton missional community. Rachel serves as the Director of WellThought, our church's equipping center. She also serves on the worship team and helps with the women's ministry at Jacob's Well. She is currently attending Westminster Theological Seminary to pursue a Masters in Divinity with a concentration in counseling. Rachel has a passion for teaching the Bible and discipleship.