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The Rev. Dr. Tom Blair

The Rev. Dr. Tom Blair

Tom has been Pastor of Second Presbyterian since April 1, 2004. He has served as a Pastor and Associate Pastor in four different Presbyterian Churches, in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, most recently in Hendersonville, NC. He was ordained by National Capital Presbytery in 1989 to serve as Chaplain, Teacher and Coach at St. Stephens School, in Alexandria, VA. He taught American History, Modern European History, Religion and Ethics in several private schools following graduation from Seminary.

He is a graduate of Lafayette College (1979), Princeton Theological Seminary (1983) and has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary (1995.)

Two of his three children, Matt and Grace, are now college graduates (Cornell & UNC-CH), and Emma, the youngest, is a 7th grader. An avid bicyclist, on days off and in his spare time you might find him pedaling around North Baltimore & Baltimore County.

The Rev. Jenn DiFrancesco

The Rev. Jenn DiFrancesco

Jenn, a cradle Presbyterian, was born and raised in central New Jersey. Jenn first felt her call to ministry in high school, and affirmed and reaffirmed that call at Texas Christian University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Jenn has been in ordained pastoral ministry since 2001. She arrived at Second Church in 2006, after serving almost five years with a PCUSA congregation in Marietta, Georgia. Jenn’s responsibilities at Second are community partnerships/mission and pastoral care.

Jenn resides in Charles Village with her husband, JT Paulk, a CPA. Together they have three children-Ellie,10, Maggie, 9 and Andrew, 2. In addition to her pastoral ministry at Second Church, Jenn spends her time advocating for Baltimore City schools, writing her dissertation, and co-leading The Slate Project, a collaborative face-to-face and online worshipping community in Baltimore. You can follow or find Jenn on Twitter or Instagram at @revjenn.

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Joyce Zimmerman

Joyce grew up in East Orange, NJ where her family was active in a nearby Presbyterian church. She always felt at home in the church and looked forward to her time there. After graduating from East Orange HS, Joyce went on to major in religion at Mt. Holyoke College. She came to Baltimore after graduation in 1962 to work for her MEd at Goucher College and teach third grade in a Baltimore County school.

She joined Second Presbyterian Church in 1964 and was married here in 1966. While her two daughters were young, she volunteered in the church school and was superintendent for about 10 years. In 1987, she was offered a part-time position as Pastoral Assistant at Second, and has happily continued in this ever-evolving role ever since. In particular, Joyce provides loving care and concern for older members of the congregation, but she also supports the Deacons, coordinates donations of chancel and holiday flowers, changes the tower clock and sets the carillon, resets lights and thermostats, moves hoses on hot summer days, and performs countless other tasks around the church. Joyce loves hymns, especially many of the old ones from the 1940 Presbyterian hymnal. If you ever need a quote from an old hymn, Joyce is your go-to person.

Amy Carlson

Amy Carlson

Amy is new to the Second Presbyterian family! She comes from a long-line of Presbyterian ministers and is excited to follow in the family footsteps. She graduated in May 2015 from Lancaster Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity. While in seminary, Amy served for two years as the seminary intern at Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson, MD, and also served as the Moderator of the Seminary Community Council. Prior to seminary she worked for T. Rowe Price as a Retirement Plan Coordinator and served as the Christian Education Director at Oaklands Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MD. Amy graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Family and Community Services.

Amy is a lover of all things outdoors and especially enjoys running. She has run a number of races including half-marathons and has just started training to run another! She most enjoys time in the company of others and particular time spent with family, friends, and her little pup Archie.

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Philip Olsen

Philip began as music director for Second Presbyterian in 2004. He is in his 25th year as Director of the Upper School choirs at McDonogh School. Prior to coming to McDonogh, he held positions as Assistant Professor of Music and Conductor of the University Chorus at Hofstra University in Hampstead, New York, and Director of the Euterpean Choral Ensemble in New York City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organ from DePauw University, and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Florida State University.

Hsiao-Ying Lin

Hsiao-Ying Lin

Hsiao-Ying Lin (Hsiao is pronounced like “sha-o”) joined Second as our Associate Music Director leading the 2nd@9 Band in worship in October 2015. Hsiao-Ying holds a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where she is currently a candidate for Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She has performed internationally in venues such as Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. She also serves as the staff pianist in JHMI Choral Society, String Department of Peabody Preparatory, and Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and has also served in musical leadership positions at other local congregations.

Hsaio- Ying received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education
 from National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Beau Lochte

Beau is a musician, teacher, composer & conductor with a B.M. in music composition from Towson University. In addition to directing the chancel handbell choir and youth handchimes programs at Second Presbyterian, he is Artistic Director and founder of Charm City Bronze, an independent handbell ensemble. Mr. Lochte currently teaches over 20 piano students and arranges original, keyboard, pop and orchestral music for handbells and regularly performs as a solo handbell ringer and in small ensembles.

Recent performances include a livestream from inside the top level of the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore, MD and a “Concert of World Premieres” featuring Mr. Lochte’s original arrangement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor.

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Julie Evans

Julie manages Second Presbyterian’s communications functions including weekly bulletins and Friday Flyer e-newsletter, monthly Tower newsletter, the church website, annual reports, and other printed materials. She also contributes to Second’s social media presence on Facebook.

Julie is a native Baltimorean and lifelong Presbyterian at Roland Park Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Roland Park Country School, received her BA from Wellesley College in Middle Eastern Studies, and a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Instead of pursuing her early goal of going into the Foreign Service, Julie married Dan Evans, and stayed rooted in her hometown. She began her career working for the State of Maryland’s Sister State Program that developed a variety of international exchanges in several countries around the world, and then spent a number of years in communications and marketing roles for Maryland’s Office of International Business. Before coming to Second Presbyterian in 2010, Julie worked for the University of Maryland, Baltimore marketing its biomedical research park, the BioPark.

Julie and Dan have two children and live in Homeland. Austin is a college junior studying biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Claire is a high school senior at Roland Park Country School who is also a talented artist and singer with her school a cappella group. Julie enjoys cooking, gardening, reading literary fiction, traveling, spending time in natural places, and constantly learning new things about history, science, economics, art, other cultures — you name it. She is an admitted NPR junkie.

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Linda Venable-Ward

Linda joined the staff of Second Presbyterian in 2014. Her IT skills have been a welcome addition, and she is making great progress in updating an outdated church database, and will be instrumental in the move to a new and improved one. Linda also answers the phones, provides administrative support, and coordinates requests for the use of church facilities.

Linda is a native Baltimorean who graduated from Southern High School in South Baltimore, and Strayer University in Owings Mills, MD. Prior to Second Presbyterian, she worked in foster care for Parker Therapeutic Services, Inc. in Baltimore City, and Baxter Healthcare Services located in Beltsville, MD. Linda continues to have positive relationships with the youth in foster care. She currently serves as a mentor for Baltimore County Department of Social Services. In her “free” time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, watching reality television and playing “Words with Friends”. Linda and her husband live in Catonsville, Maryland. She has two adult sons, of whom she is very proud.

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Caroline Mapp

Caroline Macsherry Mapp currently serves as the church’s bookkeeper. Since July of 2013, she has carefully tracked all of the church’s income and expenditures. Born and raised in Roland Park in Baltimore, she graduated from Mercy High School in 1990, and received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Villa Julie College in 1994. In addition to Second Presbyterian, Caroline is the bookkeeper for Roland Park Presbyterian Church, the Community Concerts at Second, and Caring For Kids of Kenya. She is also a very active member of the Board of The Roland Park Baseball Leagues, Inc., and works with her mother, Louise Macsherry, as the membership and treasurer of the Roland Park Swimming Pool. Finally, Caroline volunteers as the PTA Treasurer at her son’s middle school and her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. As a wife and mother of two children, she enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends. The Mapp family resides in Lutherville, Maryland.