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 one another under Jesus as our senior pastor.
Our current elder board is made up of the following men and their families (from left to right): Scott Jones, Manoj Thomas, and Mark Twombly.
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.
Dean R. Macke - Serving as Executive Director (PT)
Dean is serving as our Executive Director. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in East Brunswick with their three daughters. He has spent over 15 years working in the software industry in sales, leading implementations and helping some of the world's largest companies achieve their business objectives through technology and process transformation. Dean brings a strong leadership, a drive for innovation, an organizational mind and a love for the gospel of Jesus to Jacob's Well's culture and uses his experience to help lead Jacob's Well in it's mission and influence for the Gospel in Central New Jersey.
Jelani Walker - Serving as Assistant to the Pastors (FT)
Jelani is a native of the Central Jersey area. He serves as the Assistant to the Pastors 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 Director of WellKIDs (PT)
Morgan runs our childrens ministry affectionately known as WellKIDs. She and her husband Chris are part of the Fords 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, aka Diesel, and Jordan, aka Jordy.
Jonathan Sgalambro - 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 leads WellThought, our online thought journal. A native of New Jersey, he is currently pursuing a church planting vision for northern Middlesex County. Jonathan is married to Deanna and they have three children, Nathan, Elisabeth, and Joshua.
Dave Lawrence - Worship and Arts (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 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 - Women's Ministry (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 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.
Andrea Ford - Office Manager (Vol)
Andrea serves Jacob's Well as our office coordinator. She has a passion for finding deals and saving money and uses those skills to make sure Jacob's Well has everything it needs, from toner to toilet paper. Along with her husband, Cooper, and her family, they lead the North Brunswick Missional Community. Along with all that she does for Jacob's Well, Andrea also is a teacher's aide at Judd Elementary School in North Brunswick and has a wonderful gift of teaching children and caring for those with special needs.