Aris Sanchez is originally from the Dominican Republic and grew up in NYC. He is an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. He has an evangelistic heart and a passion to bring the gospel to those who have been marginalized. He also has a calling to plant churches and provide sound theological education in Philadelphia and in Latin America. Aris is the General Director of an emerging seminary in Santiago, DR. He has been a speaker at the American Bible Society on Racial Reconciliation issues and a speaker at Faith & Spiritual Affairs Conference advocating for immigrants and refugee communities. A student at heart, he holds a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary as well as a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College in NY. He enjoys rich fellowship over classic dishes such as mangu and roasted chicken. Aris and his wife (Kirsten) have two children.
Taehoo Lee is an ordained pastor and is responsible for an outreach ministry in North Philadelphia which provides an after school program during the school year and a summer camp for the neighborhood children. Living in that community, Taehoo take time to minister to his neighbors. At Spirit and Truth he assists in preaching, teaching adult classes, and providing pastoral care.
Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Discipleship/Elder
Barb Weidman served many years with InterVarsity as campus staff at Drexel University, Area Director for Urban Philadelphia and Team Leader for Temple University. In addition to on-campus ministry, she developed and directed a summer urban program named Gateway to help students experience the broader work of God in the city of Philadelphia. Barb became a member of STF in 2004 and began serving in the church. In 2011, she joined the pastoral staff team full time. Her role at STF includes developing and overseeing Growth Cells, coordinating Adult Sunday classes, teaching, preaching, visitation and helping with the spiritual growth of the congregation through retreats, training in spiritual disciplines, and Compassion Ministry.
Sue began ministering in Chicago with youth and then joined Manuel Ortiz’s holding administrative positions in both the church and the elementary school begun by the church. Now in Philadelphia Sue works full time for Spirit and Truth Fellowship, co-directs the CRC Philadelphia Initiative for Church Planting and teaches at Biblical Theological Seminary in their urban/global program. She also has authored and edited a number of books on urban/global mission concerns.
Ken MacBain is Executive Director of LOGAN Hope, a Christian outreach in the Logan neighborhood through an elementary school, after school program and summer day camp. Ken focuses on reaching Cambodian and other families in the neighborhood and serving them holistically with the children’s education at the core. The school began in 2002 with 17 students and 3 teachers, currently has 87 students (from 60 families) and 8 full-time teachers. The school focuses on the most vulnerable families and provides an excellent education for very small cost to families. At Spirit and Truth he gives wisdom to administrative decisions and assists in our mission focus.
Ordained as an evangelist, Jose ministers to the Spanish-speaking families in the Spirit and Truth’s community. He uses his gifts in a Spanish-speaking service at Spirit and truth as well as leading a small group during the week for Spanish speakers. He also is a translator and board member of the Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia. His previous ministry included prison ministry, Christian radio, hospital visitation, and halfway house evangelism.
Hector is an ordained pastor and was instrumental for many years in Spirit and Truth’s youth program and he worked for three years as part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Temple University. He currently works for a local social service agency while he leads a small group for the church, assists in worship, and provides pastoral care, especially for those who came through the youth program in the past.
Cathy is a lawyer by profession and provides legal assistance to the elder board when necessary. She directs a Bible study called Becomers which assists women who were victims of childhood sexual abuse to find God’s healing in their lives. She also takes part in children ministries, a small group, and visitation.
Justin first starting attending Spirit and Truth Fellowship in 2005. For the past 12 years, Justin has been working for the Center for Student Missions (CSM) in Philadelphia. CSM runs mission trips in 12 different cities across the country. Justin lives in Mt Airy with his wife (Krista) and three boys (Jack, Grant, and Wes). Justin enjoys renovating his house, being with his family, and working with youth.
Shinika St. Cyr