Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church
Christ, Community, Compassion
Rev. Dr. Lisa C. Farrell
Pastor Lisa Farrell was born and raised right here on the Main Line. She graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1976, and went to Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. While at Franklin and Marshall she won an Andrew Mutch Scholarship, a full merit scholarship from the Saint Andrew’s Society in Philadelphia to attend the University of Edinburgh for her junior year.
Lisa felt called to the ministry as a young college student, but did not tell anyone. The concept of ministry, at that point a largely male dominated field, was unfamiliar territory. While at Edinburgh University she decided to take a class in New Testament to test her sense of call. As it turns out, she was permitted to do so only because she was an “Andrew Mutch Scholar.” The providence of God not only provided the means to study in Scotland, but it opened doors which would otherwise have been closed. By the end of the year she had transferred from Franklin and Marshall to the University of Edinburgh to do a joint BA BD degree. A BD (Bachelor of Divinity) is the Scottish equivalent of an MDiv.
Lisa married another seminary student, Douglas Page, in 1980. The couple had three children, Anna, Mark and Paul. For a period of time she was a highly qualified full time minister’s wife. The marriage unfortunately ended in 1990, and Lisa returned to her family home in Wynnewood with three young children. At that low point it was time to seek God for guidance once more, and once more God said, “Ministry.” Lisa came under care of the Philadelphia Presbytery, completed additional requirements for the PCUSA, and worked part-time at a Church in Northeast Philadelphia. She was ordained and installed as the pastor of Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church in 1995.
Pastor Lisa will be the first to tell you that her struggles in life have been what have taught her the most. Compassion for others cannot be learned in a classroom. It must come from within. Despite her insatiable desire to learn (in 2013 she graduated from the Lutheran Seminary of Philadelphia earning a Masters in Sacred Theology and a Doctor of Ministry) people come first. Experiencing the heartbreak of divorce and the struggle of being a single parent has given her a unique perspective. Under her leadership Penn Wynne Presbyterian has continued to thrive and grow as a loving community of faith where all people are welcomed and loved.