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.
Ellen Hunt (Interim Organist- Choir Director)
Ellen Hunt has served churches in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts as organist and choir director. She was an organist at Market Square Church for nineteen years, and a teacher/supervisor of music in the Harrisburg School District. During that time she played organ concerts in the United States and Europe, and was a featured recitalist at two regional American Guild of Organists conventions.
Ellen is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, where she majored in church music and organ performance and Columbia University, NYC, where she studied harpsichord performance and received the MA. Post graduate work in psychology was at CambridgeCollege in Cambridge, MA.
She has been Dean of the Hartford CT and HarrisburgPA chapters of the American Guild of Organists. Currently she is accompanist for Central PA Oratorio Singers.
After moving back to PA in 2002 she joined a writers’ group in York, and has two publications to her credit. In 2008 Ellen moved to McAlisterville where she lives with her family.
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