our team

  • jesse mckenna

    LEAD pastor

    Jesse is  the Lead Pastor at Lighthouse. He oversees all of the church staff, as well as the Dream Team ministry leaders. Jesse also oversees all aspects of the Sunday morning worship experience at Lighthouse. Additionally, Jesse works on the administrative side of things, developing the church calendar and budget planning. You can also find him playing electric guitar for the worship team on Sunday mornings. 


    Jesse holds a Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. His Master's thesis examined the political character of second temple Judaism, and evaluated the historical setting of Jesus within that milieu.


    When he's not working or studying, Jesse loves to squeeze in as many rounds of golf as possible. He also enjoys sitting down with a good cup of coffee and the most recent issue of The Atlantic. 


  • EMILY MCKENNA

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR | WORSHIP LEADER

    Emily is the Creative Director and Worship Leader at Lighthouse. She manages all things creative, from our website and invitations, to the set lists for our weekend services. Emily's family have been members of Lighthouse since the 1970's, and she feels honored to serve where she grew up.


    In 2011, Emily graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Art and minors in Art History and Advertising. 


    Her interests include 1980's power ballads, Scandinavian design, shattering glass ceilings and making the world a more aesthetically pleasing place. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband Jesse, their cat Stephen and their dog Lena.


  • Daniel Mckenna

    ASSOCIATE pastor

    Dan is the Associate Pastor at Lighthouse. In the year 2000, he and his wife Michele moved to New Jersey with their three children from Buffalo, New York and they've been at Lighthouse ever since! Pastor Dan has a passion for reaching people where they're at, and helping them find their full potential in Christ. 


    In 1981, Dan graduated from the University of Valley Forge with a degree in Theology.  He continued his education and graduated with his Masters from AGTS in 2005. In 2014 he completed his doctorate, where he focused on developing an integrative approach to contemporizing the Great Commission within the Postmodern world. 


    A true outdoorsman, he loves to spend his free time outside hunting and tending his garden. He also loves to work on carpentry projects, big and small. These days, Dan can be found finding ways to spoil his grandchildren and overfeeding his Koi fish.


  • michele mckenna

    small groups director | OFFICE administrator

    Among various tasks, Michele's main focus at Lighthouse is running and organizing our Small Groups. If you've got questions, she's got answers! Michele works hard to connect and plug-in our members so that they can get started living their lives to the fullest!


    In 1981, Michele graduated from the University of Valley Forge with a degree in Education. It was there that she met her husband Dan of 36 years. In 2011, after continuing her education, she received her Master's degree from AGTS. 


    Michele also holds the position of Women's Director for the New Jersey District Council, where she coordinates missions trips, conventions and retreats to help women of all ages connect and grow. 


    When she's not working, she enjoys exercising and reading about fitness and nutrition. She loves to stay busy and to be active - which is necessary when playing with her 4 grandchildren! To relax, Michele loves scrolling through Pinterest and cooking. 


  • RORY MCMANUS

    LIGHTHOUSE YOUTH DIRECTOR | Lighthouse kids director

    Rory serves as both the Youth Director and the Kids Director at Lighthouse. With prior experience in youth ministry and high level business training, Rory is excited to join the Lighthouse team. The roles of Youth Director and Kids Director allow him to combine his skills of leading and training with his passion for helping young people and their families grow closer to Jesus and closer to each other. 


    Rory attended Northpoint Bible College, where he met his wife Krystal. Krystal is an amazing mom and Rory's greatest support. Together they make a great team. Rory and Krystal have two sons, Vinny and George. Vinny likes The Avengers, Dinosaurs and pizza. George is attached to Krystal's hip… all the time! 


    In his free time, Rory enjoys time with his family, a great SciFi movie and all things Apple.


  • KRYSTAL MCMANUS

    ASSISTANT LIGHTHOUSE KIDS DIRECTOR

       

    Krystal McManus is the Assistant Kids Director at Lighthouse. She’s the proud wife of Rory and a loving mother to Vinny, George and Charlie. Krystal grew up in a strong church in New Jersey, which allowed her to find her passion for volunteering and working with children at a young age. 


    Krystal attended Northpoint College and graduated with a Minor in Children’s Education. During her last semester, she met Rory and the rest is history! They married and started a family of their own shortly after. 


    Krystal is passionate about her calling and her service to our church community. Her call to ministry is not something she takes lightly, and she goes to great lengths to serve others. For Krystal, there is nothing better than serving with her husband beside her, and they make an excellent team!


    In her spare time, Krystal loves getting a good mani/pedi, movie nights with her family and shopping!