Matt Cohen

Lead Pastor

Matt is a California native who has come to love Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Penn State and Southern Seminary and somehow still loves to read. A former collegiate gymnast, he now prefers outdoor sports, trail running and spending time with his wife Andrea and son Soren. The Cohens live in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia and lead a citygroup in that neighborhood as well. As the lead pastor at Citylight Church Matt guides the overall vision and teaching.


Tim Shutes

Executive Pastor

Tim is a native of State College, PA where he went to Elementary, High School and 4.5 years of college at Penn State.  Tim majored in piano performance at Penn State and loves music, sports and technology.  He met his wife Sarah at Penn State and they now make their home in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia.  At Citylight he oversees the many leaders, teams and operations that represent the inner workings of Citylight.


Mike Anderson

Congregational Pastor

Mike grew up just outside of Harrisburg, PA before attending Penn State, and graduating with an Engineering degree. He mainly enjoys playing and following sports (especially Penn State, Philadelphia teams, and his fantasy teams).  He’s married to Lorielle and they now live in the West Poplar neighborhood of Philadelphia. Mike leads Citylight’s Center City congregation.


Jamison Parker

Biblical Living Director

Jamison is a native of Maryland. After graduating from Westmont College and Palmer Theological Seminary he moved to Philadelphia and regularly enjoys hiking and biking on the trails in and around the city.  Jamison and his wife Jenn currently live in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. Jamison serves Citylight by shepherding and leading our citygroups, discipleship groups and counseling ministry.


Paul Fuller

Pastoral Resident (Manayunk)

Paul is originally from Foxborough, MA and graduated from Nyack College with a bachelors in Youth Ministry. He married his wife, Shanell, in 2005 and they moved to Philadelphia in 2013 so Paul could pursue his Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. Paul and Shanell together lead the Mt. Airy citygroup. He’s an avid Boston sports fan, enjoys playing music, hiking and biking. Paul serves Citylight as a pastoral resident with a focus on associate pastoral ministry.


Mark Giacobbe


Mark grew up in Staten Island, New York. He graduated with his bachelors in Political Science from UPenn and went on to get his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  He moved back to Philly in 2012 to pursue a PhD in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary.  When he’s not building his academic resume, Mark enjoys being outdoors and getting his passport stamped whenever possible.  Mark is an avid musician and multi-instrumentalist, serving Citylight as a worship leader and lay pastor.


Gordon Pfeil


Gordon is Philadelphian through and through.  Born and raised in the city, he received his Music and Education degrees from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and uses neither of those degrees in his current career in office furniture sales. He and his wife Karen married in 1984, have three children and now call the Wyncote suburbs of Philadelphia home.  The Pfeils joined Citylight shortly after it launched and have been investing in us ever since. When Gordon isn’t passing on sage wisdom to our young church, he enjoys playing music and spending time with his family. Gordon serves Citylight as a lay pastor, praying for us and helping lead us toward healthy discipleship.


Patti Dunne

Citylight Kids Director (Manayunk)

Patti is a Pennsylvania native, originally from Bethlehem, PA. She moved to Philadelphia in 2006 and graduated from Philadelphia University with a degree in Environmental Conservation Biology. Patti and  her husband Peter married in 2009 and now have two kids – Jane and William. she enjoys a good cup of coffee, spending time with family, meeting neighbors and scoping out neat historical sites in Philly. Patti interns on the Citylight Kids Team and helps shape the curriculum and care for our little ones.

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Matt Aquilone

Associate Pastor Resident (Center City)

Matt is originally from Bensalem, PA and has spent his entire life in and around the Philadelphia area. He graduated from Cairn University with a bachelors degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in youth ministry. He married  his wife Tori in 2013 and they currently live in the East Poplar neighborhood of the city. When he’s not playing music, Matt enjoys woodworking, making electric guitars, paintball and cheering on Philly sports teams (especially the Flyers). At Citylight Matt oversees worship through music at the Center City congregation and leads the Northern Liberties citygroup with Tori.


Tom Mathew


Tom, born and raised in Philadelphia, has always called the city “home.” He received an Information Technology & Sciences degree from Penn State University and worked in the IT industry for 10 years before transitioning to creative direction for a local non profit.  He and his wife, Blessy, also a Philly native, married in 2012 and now live in the Willow Grove/Huntingdon Valley area with their son, Esher. Outside of his 9 to 5, Tom enjoys writing, graphic design, home improvement projects and quality time with family and friends. Tom and Blessy joined Citylight shortly before getting married and have been committed to the community ever since. Tom serves Citylight by leading our Communication Team.

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Peter Dunne

Campus Ministry Partner

Peter grew up in the (once) rural town of Damascus, Maryland. He began his education at Montgomery College (AA, AS), where he developed a dual passion for campus ministry and architecture. He then transferred to Philadelphia University (PhilaU) in 2007, where he met his wife Patti and completed degrees in architecture (BS) and sustainable design (MS). Since 2009, the Dunne family has grown with the additions of Jane and William, while Peter managed university housing at PhilaU and Saint Joseph’s University (SJU), all the while mentoring student-led campus ministries. The Dunne’s call the Germantown neighborhood home, where Peter has begun translating his passions for design and the Gospel into civic engagement and real estate development. Peter joined the Citylight staff in 2016 through a partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). He ministers to students at SJU and PhilaU, with strategic focus on equipping/empowering student leaders, engaging marginalized students, and building connections between campus and the local church.