The elders of Liberti Fairmount give oversight and direction to the staff and are the spiritual leaders of the church.
Scott Crosby, Elder
The biblical model of church leadership is that qualified pastor-elders serve together as the spiritual leaders of the church, shepherding the flock and sharing responsibility, authority, and accountability as a team. As Senior Pastor, Scott is the first among equals as an elder at Liberti Fairmount.
BJ Flenner, Elder
BJ grew up in central PA. He and his wife, Robyn, have been married for 16 years and have three children, William, Anna, and Emma. BJ serves with a ministry to international students at Penn and Temple. He enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures, cooking, art, and history. BJ and Robyn bought a fixer-upper in Philly in 2011, and it has been their on-going project.
Everett Reiss, Elder
Everett was born into a small family of Jewish followers of Jesus. Everett came to know the LORD at a young age, and was naturally interested in studying God's Word. Everett had plenty of growing up in his faith to do because he was also naturally fearful and focused on his own works and performance. A pattern of spiritual effort, getting weary, and spiritual withdrawal marked Everett's teenage years into college. Towards the end of a period of double-mindedness in college, the Holy Spirit used the words of Keith Green's song When I Hear the Praises Start to convict Everett of his desperate need to depend on Jesus' work and rest in Him:
"My son, my son, why are you striving? You can't add one thing to what's been done for you.
I did it all while I was dying. Rest in your faith, my peace will come to you."
Since then Everett has been a devoted follower of Jesus. While still slipping into old tendencies of self-sufficiency, self-worship, and withdrawal, Everett strives to rest in The Rabboni, be fast to repent, and serve his wife Ashley, daughter Madeline, Liberti Fairmount community, and his neighbors at home and at work.
Chad Eason, Elder
Chad hails from Moore, Oklahoma. Graduate School at Eastern University brought him to Philadelphia, but Liberti's heart for Jesus and the city is what kept him here. Now he and his family have woven themselves into the community relying on the mercy and grace of Jesus.Having benefited from the encouragement and challenges stemming from the Fairmount neighborhood, he was humbled to ask to play a larger role in progressing that forward.
Scott Baber, Elder
Scott was reared in a Southern Baptist home and entered into a personal relationship with God as a teenager while growing up in Ohio. After moving to Philadelphia in 2010, he and his wife Kari quickly discovered Liberti and have called it their neighborhood church since that time. Scott has been honored to serve in the nursery, as a home meeting host and leader, and most recently as an elder in training. While he admits that he does not feel equipped for this, he trusts that his family, Liberti brothers and sisters, and, above all, God will shepherd him through his role as an elder and he looks forward to doing his part in helping Liberti Fairmount to love and serve our community by being a ever-present light unto the world.
Jay Barbieri, Elder Emeritus
Jay, now Elder Emeritus, is one of the founding members of our community at Liberti Fairmount. Jay and his wife Debbie moved to Fairmount in 2004 as part of the original launch team for the church. He began as a provisional elder (on loan), formalized as an elder with Liberti Fairmount, and now after many years of distinguished service, is honorably retired from serving in that role. Thankfully, Jay can still be found sharing his wisdom and enthusiasm about faith in Jesus with our current elders and elders in training!
The deacons of Liberti Fairmount work to meet the practical needs of our congregation and our community.
Ashley Cocca Rockett, Deacon (On Sabbatical)
Ashley grew up in Allentown, PA and graduated from Messiah College in 2007. She moved to Philadelphia in 2007 to pursue a Master's program at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Professional Counseling. Ashley worked for three years in the School District of Philadelphia as a School Counselor and is now pursuing her License as a clinical therapist. In 2008 she found liberti and decided to claim it as her church home. She has enjoyed serving as a home group leader, Care Team member, and Covenant Kids volunteer. She met her husband, Thomas, at liberti's Art Museum home group and they now live in the Brewerytown neighborhood. Ashley enjoys running, green tea, any C.S. Lewis book, ultimate frisbee, laughing and Italian food. Philadelphia has a deep place in her heart and she desires to be a part of extending the gospel throughout the city.
Jeremy Eshelman, Deacon
Jeremy is a native of the Philadelphia area, having grown up in Delaware County. He didn't stay in Delco for long, though: he spent a year in New Zealand where he met some great friends including his wonderful wife, Lillian. Jeremy has attended Liberti since late 2009, and has lived in the city since 2010. He and Lillian have two kids, Shanna and Zachary, and he enjoys playing with them very much. He also enjoys cooking dinner, playing board games, studying theology, watching and reading science fiction/fantasy, and enjoying a good drink and conversation with friends. Currently, Jeremy is a student at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Debbie Barbieri, Deacon Emeritus
Debbie grew up in the Philadelphia area. She and her husband, Jay, moved to Fairmount in 2004 to be part of the launch team for Liberti Fairmount church. She served as part of the Care Team which was formed to serve the needs of the church community before Liberti Fairmount had established deacons. Debbie and Jay have 3 grown children. And she is the happy grandmom of 2!