Leadership

James Faris

Pastor

James Faris serves as lead pastor at 2RP and has been on staff since 2011. In addition to preaching the gospel, teaching, and leading the session and staff, James has a special focus on outreach, evangelism, and missions. He loves the state of Indiana and longs to see her residents seek Jesus in every part of life.  He graduated from Purdue University (B.S., Organizational Leadership & Supervision, 1999) and worked in the automotive industry before entering pastoral ministry.  He is married to Elizabeth, and they have six children. Along with loving a busy family life, his hobbies include running, following college sports and Major League Baseball, history, and trivia. He received his theological training at The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2003). Follow him on Twitter at @james_faris.

 

 

Joel Hart

Associate Pastor

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Joel Hart has served as associate pastor at 2RP since the summer of 2018. While working in corporate finance, Joel served as an intern at Second RP from 2014-2016. There, he grew to love seeing Christ proclaimed and lives transformed through the ministry of the church. He graduated from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Pittsburgh) in 2018 and has now returned to Second RP to assist in the labor for the gospel in Indianapolis.  Joel’s great desire is to proclaim the gospel of our Triune God to see saints, disciples, and witnesses established for His kingdom.  He enjoys running, reading, basketball, and spending time with family. Joel is married to Orlena, and they have four children: David, Jenny, Elisha, and Esther.  Follow him on Twitter at @joelhart1.

 

 

Elders and Deacons

Ruling Elders:

  • Richard Blankenship
  • Rich Blum
  • Donald Cassell
  • Dean Filson
  • Dave Mauser
  • Terry Magnuson
  • Jeff Platt
  • David Pulliam
  • Russ Pulliam

Deacons:

  • Ethan Bell
  • Patrick Concannon
  • Eric Filson
  • Tom Mangan
  • Mike Stuart
  • Paul Swigart

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff

Andrew Gilhooley began as Facilities Manager in July 2020. He maintains our extensive church property as well as assists in the many building needs for fellowship and worship services. His technical skills and hard work ethic are a blessing to the church. He married Rachel in 2020 and has served as an adult bible study leader.

 

 

 

Lauren Saunders has come on staff to assist in office and event planning needs. She and her husband joined 2RP in 2015 and serve as Youth Group leaders. They have one child, Olivia, born in 2019 who attends work with Lauren during the week. They praise God for the numerous blessings he has graciously shown their family including their connection into the greater Reformed Presbyterian Church.

 

 

 

Laurie Terpstra joined the 2RP staff as the Office Manager in April of 2020. She enjoys being able to serve the church in these ways of organization and communication that the light of the Gospel of Christ may be seen more visibly in the community. Laurie serves as a member of the Missions Committee and the Women’s Ministry Committee. She also has the unique experience of having grown up at 2RP where she has worshiped and served except for the years she was away in college and then overseas teaching English in Africa. She rejoices to see how Christ is faithfully at work in and among the hearts and lives of this congregation. Laurie was married to her husband, Jake, in October 2017 and they now anticipate the birth of their baby in February 2021.

If you have any questions or would like further information about 2RP, call or email the church office, and Laurie will be glad to assist you!