Jana Purkis-Brash, Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor Jana Purkis-BrashIt is a joy to serve here at Princeton United Methodist Church.  I am blessed to work with a great staff of people who are creative and open to the work of the Holy Spirit.  I appreciate the dedication of the Leadership of the congregation and their willingness to seek God’s vision for this congregation.  I cherish this church family as a group of people who nurture and support one another, and are always ready to draw the circle wider to welcome those seeking God.

May God continue to bless us as we strive to be “…a diverse community joyfully responding to God’s love and growing as disciples of Christ by nurturing, teaching, reaching and serving all people.”


Married to Don Brash, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, PA.  In his spare time Don enjoys time at Starbucks with friends old and new.

We have 1 daughter, Leah who is married to Dwaine Banton. They have two children.

Personal Info

What is your favorite food?
I love a lobster dinner with baked potato and corn on the cob.

What is your favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show is Iron Chef America.  I enjoy most of the Food Network and HGTV shows.

What are you favorite books?

“And Ladies of the Club”, “Three Cups of Tea” & “East of Eden”

What was your first job?
I worked at a Hallmark store.

What was your childhood ambition?
When I was in Junior High I wanted to be a Music Teacher.  On the day I was confirmed at 13, I experienced a call to ministry.  From that time on I knew the direction for my life. I have been so blessed to serve God and God’s people in ordained ministry.

What makes you laugh?
Sometimes I take life a little too seriously, but a funny movie or my husband Don can usually get me to laugh!

For Fun I Enjoy
Reading a good book, cooking, spending time at the shore, swimming, snorkeling, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and listening to music.

What is your favorite Bible passage?

I have a few.

Isaiah 43

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. 4Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life. 5Do not fear, for I am with you…

Romans 5:1-5

1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Colossians 3:12-17

12As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Email: jana@princetonumc.org

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