Rev. Bill Golderer
Bill feels a powerful call to the ASPC congregation. He is confident that God has great things in store for the its future; he is convinced that through our worship and work, ASPC is to become a blessing to the neighborhood, the city and the larger world.
In addition to serving as Arch Street’s Pastor, Bill is the founding pastor and convener of the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia. BSM is an innovative ministry that emphasizes hospitable outreach, civic involvement, and creative expression (see Faith in Action section for more on BSM).
Earlier, Bill served as the founding Director of the Center for Church Life at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, where he was also a lecturer in Reformed theology at Union Theological Seminary. Prior to his work in New York, Bill served as Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adult and Public Church Ministry at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. His time there was spent integrating the Gospel with the demands of everyday life through fellowship, advocacy/outreach programs, public forums, and discernment exercises. While serving in Chicago, Bill helped to found a national network of Presbyterian clergy under the age of 40, called The 7 Percent. The group takes its name from the statistic that only 7 percent of clergy currently serving the Presbyterian Church U.S.A are under the age of 40. To learn more about the ministry of Fourth Church, visit www.fourthchurch.org. To learn more about The 7 Percent, visit www.bmbweb.com/sevenpercent/. Bill was also the Founding Director for Religious Outreach for The Interfaith Alliance in Washington D.C. This membership organization that has grown to over 150,000 members to promote interfaith cooperation around shared American values of civic participation, freedom of religion, diversity, and civility in public discourse and to encourage the active involvement of people of faith in the nation’s political life. www.theinterfaithalliance.org.
Bill’s energies away from ministry are devoted to home renovation with his wife, Julie, maniacally listening to sports radio, marveling at the wonder that are his sons, Sebastian and Deacon.
Rev. Carla A. Jones
Minister of Encouragement, Inspiration and Intercession
Carla is a preacher’s preacher and someone who prays to the living God as a close companion. Carla is full of energy and also possess a depth of peace that is rare in this face-paced world. She loves God and others with ferocity and wants to see the fruits of the Spirit come forward on the vine…a thirst for justice and a hunger for righteousness is what Carla is all about.
Rev. David Norse
Minister of Pastoral Counseling and LGBTQ Belonging
The past year has been an exciting one for David. In January David was ordained as a Presbyterian Pastor, he started the LGBTQ Fellowship that meets once a month after worship, and he piloted a faith-and-doubt spirituality group with LGBTQ young people who are at high risk of human trafficking, sex work, and other forms of sexual coercion. “It has been an exciting year, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for my second!”
A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, David grew up in Sherwood, Oregon. He is an Eagle Scout and attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, both experiences that cultivated a deep passion for the wholeness that God’s wilderness provides.
Rev. Anne Park
Minister of Executive Leadership
Prior to the ministry, Anne was a social worker and taught social work. After seminary, she served as an interim pastor for eight congregations, both Presbyterian and United Church of Christ. Since there are so many Presbyterian and UCC churches in this area, Anne and Will were able to remain in their home in Rosemont where they have lived for many years.
Anne and Will have been married for 41 years and they have one son, Nathan. He is in the foreign service, and his wife, Maureen, and two sons, Colin and Rory, live in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Anne likes to read, and is in two book clubs. Travel is also an interest, and she serves on the board of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia. Each week Anne registers new citizens to vote following their naturalization ceremonies. Periodically she takes courses on film, and at present is reading whatever she can find on urbanism – a new interest. Also, she likes to knit although her skill level is low.
Before the call from ASPC, Anne was in retirement, and she was firm about that, having once before come out of retirement. But when ASPC called, and she knew she had to be a part of this new thing that God is doing in Philadelphia.
Rev. Mike Pulsifer
Minister of Outreach
Mike Pulsifer is in his 4th decade of service as a pastor. He grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and attended Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri and Princeton Theological Seminary. Mike has served churches in a rural county seat town in Oklahoma, in a college community in Iowa, in an urban setting in southern California, in a suburban community in northern New Jersey, and another suburban Presbyterian Church in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Mike and his wife, Marion, live in Center City. They have two married sons and four grandchildren also living in the Philadelphia area.
Rev. Len Turner Scales
Minister of Community, Care, and Connection
Len is both deeply kind and plainly honest–a perfect mix of graciousness and competency. She is the kind of pastoral leader that brings people together by creating trust and setting the honest work of faithfulness as a norm. As a friend and colleague, I’ve seen her gifts in all seasons, and I’m as grateful for her wisdom and care in difficult times as I am for her perspective and verve in more pleasant seasons. Len and ASPC will be blessed to work together for the good of the gospel and the good of Philadelphia.
Dr. J. Donald Dumpson
Minister of Music and The Arts
J. Donald Dumpson, Ph.D., recently completed his doctorate in music education at Temple University and has been involved in music ministry for over 40 years. His most recent post was 25 years at the Bright Hope Baptist Church. He is the founding director of the Westminster Choir College Jubilee Singers in Princeton, NJ. Donald presents sacred music presentations around the world and is also known for the special events he produces via his company J. Donald Dumpson Productions, LLC. He has collaborated with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, served as musical director for several television specials and have worked with artists from Patti LaBelle to Denyce Graves.
Eric is a second-year Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary. Originally from Indiana, Eric attended Wake Forest University, where he double majored in Religion and Spanish. Before moving to New Jersey, Eric worked in the nonprofit sector, working with families to improve health, education, and workforce skills for parents and children in central Indiana. Eric is married to Anne, a PC(USA) minister who has served as a hospital chaplain and spiritual director. They currently have their hands full with two young boys, Amos and Jude. When he gets a spare moment, he enjoys biking, deep conversations, and salsa dancing.
Eric is intrigued by Arch Street’s story—how such different people come together to build community and just action in Philadelphia. He is excited to see how the Spirit is at work at Arch Street and to learn from Arch how this community is formed, nurtured, and inspired to serve its city.
Samantha was born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania. She attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and majored in Physics. During her last year of college, she felt a pull to ministry. Unsure of where it would lead, she made a leap of faith and left physics for seminary. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2014 with a Masters of Divinity. Her hope is that the fellow program at Arch Street Presbyterian and pastoral residency program at Broad Street Ministry will provide her with opportunities to grow professionally, spiritually, and personally. She hopes that working at ASPC andBSM will help her to gain the experience, language, and wisdom needed to be a prophetic preacher who speaks against injustice, leads a church to do the work of the kingdom, and brings a glimpse of hope to a dark and lonely world. Contact her at email@example.com.
Femi N. Jordan
Manager of Operations
Femi has a strong call to help others. She has a Master of Social Work degree and over 14 years of experience as a Social Worker. Femi comes to Arch Street with a desire to serve and help the church grow. She quite capably holds the inner workings of the church together. She spends her spare time pursuing business interests.
Victor Couch is the go-to-man around ASPC. He brings humor and hard-work to the Arch Street Staff. Victor Couch was born in Delaware, and grew-up in Queens New York. As a proud New Yorker his sports teams are the New York Giants, the New York Mets, and the New York Jets. Victor loves working at Arch Street because of the unique and wonderful people who work at Arch Street, and in the congregation. Victor also loves helping out at the preschool because the strong personalities of the preschoolers always makes him laugh.