Church Staff

Rev. Dr. George M Hawthorne, Senior Minister

George became the 13th Senior Minister of Grace Baptist Church of Blue Bell in August of 2006. Dr. Hawthorne comes to us from the First Baptist Church of Collingswood, NJ where he served as Senior Minister for 16 years.  He has also served as Adjunct Professor, Guest Lecturer and Counselor at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Palmer Theological Seminary). He holds a Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family and a Master of Divinity from EBTS, and a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from the University of Charleston, Charleston, WV. Dr. Hawthorne comes originally from Syracuse, NY, and is himself the son of an American Baptist minister.  He and his wife, Amy, a registered nurse working in the Cherry Hill Public Schools, have two daughters.  Jessica is a civil engineer and Emily is an occupational therapist. To view some photos and listen to excerpts from Pastor George's Service of Installation, click here  Installation




Casey Stauffer, Director of Children and Family Ministries

Casey M. Stauffer was welcomed to Grace Baptist Church in October 2011 as the Director of Children and Family Ministries. She is the daughter of an American Baptist Pastor and had the privilege of growing up in Norristown, PA later moving with her family to Silver Spring, MD and Alderson, WV.  She left her parents in WV to go home to PA to attend Eastern University in St. Davids.  She majored in Youth Ministry with a minor in Biblical Studies and graduated in 2009. While attending Eastern University she had the opportunity to intern at the American Baptist Churches headquarters for National Ministries working on the National Gathering of American Baptist Youth, "More than a Week", in 2008. She now resides in Aldan, PA where she is a full-time Pre-K teacher. In her free time you can find Casey cheering on the Phillies, going to country music concerts, and spending time with her boyfriend and her niece.




Kristin Paluszka, Director of Youth Ministries


Barbara Ann Green, Director of Music

Barbara began her long tenure with the music ministry at Baptist Temple and now Grace Baptist Church of Blue Bell 51 years ago when she was named assistant organist. She assumed the role of Music Director and moved with the church in 1975 when the church relocated to Blue Bell. Barbara and her husband Ken have two daughters, Kim and Amy, four grandchildren and live in Lansdale. Barbara directs the Sanctuary Choir and the Bell Choir.







Trish Simpson, Administrative Assistant

Trish joined the staff of Grace Baptist in July 1996.  She and her husband, Barry, have three adult children, Whitney, Stephanie and Travis, one granddaughter, and live in Lansdale.  Trish is Bell Choir Director at her home church, Central Schwenkfelder Church, in Worcester, and is a private piano teacher.













Steve Choyce, Sexton










Bob Foell, Office Assistant










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