Dr. Russell C. Sullivan, Jr. (Senior Pastor)
Dr. Russell C. Sullivan, Jr. came to Pine Street in 2005. His pastoral responsibilities include preaching, providing pastoral care, moderating the Session, supervising and mentoring staff, and helping the church discern God’s vision for its future and ministry. He also enjoys teaching and has a special interest in adult education and faith formation.
Russell loves the people of Pine Street, saying “they embody the love and kindness of Christ and trust my leadership. I also love the openness of our people to learn and to grow. It is a joy to serve them.”
His favorite scripture is in Genesis 32, where Jacob wrestles with an angel and will not let go until God blesses him. Having faith in God can be a struggle, but Russell believes that the struggle to have faith and to know God more deeply is worthwhile, and that if we hold on to God, God will answer the deep longings of our hearts.
Prior to coming to Pine Street, Russell held pastoral positions in South Carolina, Illinois and Hartsville, Pa. He received a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from The College of Charleston.
Russell believes “Pine Street is a unique Presbyterian Church in that it celebrates weekly the Lord’s Supper. We encounter Christ in Word and Sacrament, and I do believe that this encounter forms us into the kind of community the world needs, a community that transcends ideology and partisanship to be the people of God for the world God loves.”
Russell is an avid reader and loves international cuisine. He enjoys traveling to new places and meeting people from other cultures. His college-aged children help keep him young at heart! Russell and his wife Myriam live in Mechanicsburg.
Brett Terry is Minister of Music & Worship at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg. He previously served as the Director of Music at The Scarsdale Congregational Church in Scarsdale, NY; Marquand Chapel at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and Divinity School, home of their daily chapel service for students and faculty; Grace Episcopal Church in Kansas City, and others. Brett holds the Certificate in Church Music Studies from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music; the Master of Music in Organ Performance from the Yale School of Music; and Bachelor of Music degrees summa cum laude in organ and vocal performance from the Kansas City Conservatory of Music & Dance. He has been seen in concerts and services at many prestigious venues throughout the United States, abroad, and particularly in New York City and New England, and is also a teacher, coach, conductor, liturgist, collaborator, and lecturer.