the good news team

The staff and leadership here at Good News Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

Sam DeSocio

Lead Pastor

Sam is the Lead Pastor at Good News. He has served in pastoral ministry for over 15 years with previous experiences in urban and rural church planting. Sam is passionate about equipping the church for service in a post-Christian context. Sam is married to Joanna and they have four children.

John O

Assistant Pastor


John O has been serving in the ministry since 1994 and was ordained into the PCA in 2008. Prior to serving at Good News Church as the Assistant Pastor, he served in Philadelphia (1994-1999, 2009-2015, 2017-2018), Phoenix (2004-2009) and San Francisco (1999-2004). John is married to his beautiful wife, Susan, and has two rambunctious children, Nathaniel and Nicolas. He received his M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, CA and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.  John also has been serving as a chaplain in the PA National Guard since 2017 where he prayerfully seeks to fulfill Matthew 5:13-16. His ministry motto is "To know Jesus and to make him known" and his ministry philosophy is "to love, in Christ, every soul, one soul at a time.” He enjoys reading, running, writing, music, and photography. Most of all, he enjoys hanging out with his wife, children and church family.

Leslie Peel

Administrative Assistant

Leslie started as administrative assistant in 2020. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of Delaware. She is married to her husband, Jeff and has two beautiful daughters, Jordan and Claire. She enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the Eagles, and knitting and crocheting.


Director of Administration

Eric retired from the corporate business world in early 2018 to join the Good News Church staff as Director of Administration.  Eric is also a ruling elder, the Clerk of Session, and leads the Missions Ministry team. Eric’s better half is Carol, and they are the proud parents of two grown children, Megan and Ryan. Originally from Wisconsin, Eric is a Cheesehead at heart but has learned to survive in Eagles-country. Eric enjoys biking, playing cello and Cajon in the church praise & worship team and is excited about helping the church connect people to the Good News about Jesus.

JR Reap

Pastor Emeritus, Retired (1997-2020)

We praise God for the many blessings of word and deed that He has provided Good News Church through the faithful 23 years of ministry that Pastor JR has given to us. We thank Pastor JR for the love and devotion he poured into the lives of each and every member of the the church family week in and week out. We believe and trust that God our Heavenly Father will continue to bless and use Pastor JR mightily to impact others with the Good News about Jesus during his next phase of life and ministry. We love and miss you, Pastor JR!