Pastoral Staff

Pastoral Staff

Senior Pastor
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.
Associate Pastor for Christian Nurture and Congregational Life
Amy Carlson

The Rev. 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.
Associate Pastor

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.
Pastoral Assistant
Photo of Joyce Zimmerman

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.