Jason joined Central as the Director of Church Renewal in August of 2011 through a partnership with the New City Commons Foundation and was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of Central in June of 2013. Previously Jason served as the founding Campus Minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Northwestern University. Jason began this ministry in 2005 after receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Prior to attending seminary, Jason worked as a sales analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York City after graduating from Princeton University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Archaeology in 2000. Jason participates in a number of ministries outside of Central and has longstanding relationships with RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), Young Life, the New Canaan Society, and The Veritas Forum.
Jason met his wife, Ashley, at Princeton University where she studied Economics and Japanese and subsequently received a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School. Jason and Ashley have four young children, Luke, Olivia, Eliza and Charlotte.
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Ed and Rosalynn moved to New York City in 2009 after Ed completed his Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell. They immediately joined Redeemer Presbyterian Church and began leading a Community Group. In 2011, Redeemer East Side, hired Ed to build and lead the staff of the East Side congregation, and he was subsequently ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in 2012. He has faithfully and effectively served at Redeemer for the past six years and throughout that time has won the admiration and respect of his colleagues and the congregation as a whole.
Ed was called to serve at Central in July of 2017.
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Director of Music
Seth Ward has served as Music Director at Central Presbyterian Church since January of 2009.
Seth received his Double Masters in piano and composition from Baylor University. While there, he studied choral conducting with Donald Bailey. He has recently completed his Doctorate in Music Composition from Rice University at the Shepherd School of Music. He studied piano with Logan Skelton during his undergraduate years, Krassimira Jordan while at Baylor, and John Perry at the Aspen Music Festival. He has studied composition primarily with Richard Lavenda and Scott McAllister. He has also received composition lessons from Samuel Adler, William Bolcom, and Art Gottschalk. His piano and chamber compositions have been performed in competitions internationally and have been enthusiastically received.
In addition to his classical training, Seth has also toured as a Contemporary Christian Artist with his wife, Amber, before moving to NYC. They have two records together as the group, "Five Cent Stand'." While finishing his Doctorate in Houston, Seth worked as pianist at Second Baptist Houston and orchestra director and arranger at Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Texas.
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Director of Finance and Operations
Dan grew up in eastern Long Island, and after graduating from Cornell University in 2006, he moved to New York City to pursue a career on Wall Street. After working in finance for nearly nine years, God opened a door at Central for Dan, who has enjoyed this exciting career change. Dan became a member of Central in the Fall of 2013. He has served as a deacon and as a volunteer in the children’s and youth ministry. In January 2015, Dan joined Central's staff as the Director of Finance and Operations and the Director of the Youth Ministry.
Dan met his wife, Hannah, through FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), in which they are both actively involved. Dan and Hannah also enjoy hosting a community group at their apartment.
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Director of Children's Ministry
Clara began working as Director of Children's Ministry in February 2016. Previously, Clara worked as an event planner, nanny, and preschool teacher.
Clara moved from Northern California to New York in 2010 to study Media, Culture, and the Arts at the King's College in Lower Manhattan. While in college she developed a passion for education and curriculum development. Clara sees children's ministry as a perfect opportunity to combine her love for children, her passion for education and curriculum development, and her desire to serve alongside a church family.
Clara met her husband, Caz Crane, in college. Caz and Clara were married in March of 2016.
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Sunday Operations Coordinator
Ciara is a proud Michigan native who has called New York City home for almost six years. Since graduating from The King's College with a degree in Media, Culture, and the Arts and a Business minor, Ciara has been busy performing in the New York City Fringe Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival and is currently represented by The Innovative Artist Agency's Voiceover Division.
Ciara has been attending Central for two and a half years and is thrilled to see this mighty church grow in both body and spirit. She and her husband Taylor are excited to be a part of this wonderful Church and hope to meet and connect with its thriving community!
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Composer, pianist, and singer Jacinth Greywoode, a Florida native whose family hails from Sierra Leone, West Africa, has been an Office Manager at Central Presbyterian Church since January of 2016. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Jacinth received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Princeton University and a Master of Arts in composition from Stony Brook University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Stony Brook under Professor Sheila Silver along with an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Jacinth is happy to remove the musician’s cap and don an administrator’s hat here at Central, where he works with the rest of the staff to manage the day-to-day work of the Central Church office.
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Kelsey began attending Central in January 2015, became a member in August 2015, and has been serving as Rev. Jason Harris’s Executive Assistant since February 2016. She is a Junior at The King’s College, a certified Xtendbarre fitness instructor, and a part-time nanny.
After high school and before pursuing her college career, Kelsey moved to Jackson, MS to train and perform with Ballet Magnificat, a professional touring ballet company. Over a period of six years, Kelsey traveled and performed all over the United States and abroad (including Honduras, South Korea, the Philippines, China, Macedonia, Kosovo, Israel, Austria and Germany) in theaters, schools, orphanages and churches. In August 2013 she moved back to her hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Media, Culture, and Society with a minor in Business Management through The King’s College online program. In January 2015 she relocated to New York City to complete her degree. Over the last year, in addition to her college classes, Kelsey has pursued her Xtendbarre certification through Xtendbarre Brooklyn Heights, enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with kids, and is so thankful to have found a place like Central she can call home.
Kelsey is the oldest daughter of Drew and Monda Thompson and has three younger siblings, Gavin, Garrett, and Kathryn.
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