Drew Skinner – Executive Director
Drew Skinner was prompted to help change urban education first while in college. As a student teacher in urban Rochester, Drew experienced poverty in urban schools – a chaotic, economically disadvantaged side of America that he had never seen. The academic proficiency levels were low, and the atmosphere was challenging for students. Drew sensed a calling to teach in the city.
After graduating in 2006, Drew taught at Philadelphia Mennonite High School for 3 years. Dr. Barbara Moses’ leadership influenced and inspired Drew. In three years, Drew helped create the English curriculum, and planned and led educational trips across the region. Students from some of the poorest areas in Philadelphia were experiencing a broad Christ-centered education at PMHS, preparing not just to enter college, but graduate and live out God’s calling.
Drew has made Philadelphia home. He and his wife Ashley attend a church in Center City. They are committed to their South Philadelphia neighborhood. Drew also spent a year and a half teaching at Mastery Charter High School, a high-performing charter school in South Philadelphia. Drew loves Philadelphia.
As Augustine wrote about creating the city of God for the city of man, Drew hopes to do the same. He believes there is an urgent need for Christ-centered, grace-giving, and academically excellent schools in Philadelphia. His vocational vision is to create awareness of the educational disparity in Philadelphia, communicate a vision for the city, share God’s work in the city and raise funds through partnerships. In the fall of 2011, Drew became the Associate Director for Advancement at Jubilee. By unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, Drew became Jubilee’s second Executive Director on July 1, 2013.
James C. Petty, Jr. – Director Emeritus
Jim Petty gave himself passionately to the city in 1968 when he began to do evangelism at the University of Pennsylvania. While a student at Westminster Seminary, he participated in starting a church oriented to reaching students from the “counter culture.” The church was successful and he pastored there until 1982 when he accepted a position at Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. In 1978, he took the lead in forming Spruce Hill Christian School and continued as its volunteer board chairman until 1993. At CCEF he became a staff counselor, and in 1986, he became their first Director of Development. In 1997 his counseling ministry moved into conflict counseling and conciliation. He was appointed the volunteer director of CCEF’s newly formed Christian Conciliation Services. He remained as the senior development officer at CCEF until September 2004.
From 1993 to 1996 Jim led in the establishing Children’s Jubilee Fund. He served as board chair until 2003 when he became the first professional staff employee for Jubilee. He led as Executive Director until July 2013 when he transitioned to Director Emeritus.
He is active in New Life Presbyterian Church (PCA) Dresher, PA, leads a small group ministry there and regularly teaches a Sunday school class. He continues to occasionally preach as his schedule allows.
Andrea – Associate Director for Advancement
Andrea has a background in sales, marketing and proposal management at two large corporations and is a proud Penn State University graduate. After those experiences, she desired to use her skills to help others through nonprofit fundraising. Andrea has completed fundraising and event leadership classes at Temple University and Villanova University. Andrea and her husband moved to Philadelphia, PA to start Citylight Church in 2011. Andrea spends most of her non-work time planning Citylight events, leading a small group and reading books to her toddler. She also enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and traveling!
Kelly Lonkey – Office Manager
Kelly comes to Jubilee as a graduate of Cazenovia College in central New York. While there, he dual majored in Social Sciences and International Studies specializing in history, sociology and international relations. Following living in Buffalo for just over a year, he traveled to Nuñoa Peru where he worked beside a team of veterinary students to improve alpaca heard genetics for local farmers, after which he moved to Massachusetts where he has lived since 2013. He moved to Philadelphia in August 2015 where he is currently working on his Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary. He’s married, has one son, and currently attends Calvary Presbyterian Church and Christ Presbyterian Church. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing with his son, and woodworking.
Eydie Rodebaugh – Scholarship Manager
Eydie was an educator in the Philadelphia Public Schools and in two area Christian schools – Cedar Grove and Bensalem. She retired from teaching in 2008. Eydie has volunteered at Jubilee since 2003 and became the Scholarship Manager about 6 years ago. She is the proud mother of 2 and grandmother of 9. Eydie is an active member and organist at Olivet Covenant Presbyterian Church. In addition, she is a member of AMAC and serves as a delegate representative in the 13th Congressional District for AMAC.