Our 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 married daughters, one granddaughter, Chloe and one grandson, Ethan.   Jessica is a civil engineer and Emily is an occupational therapist.



Andrea Siddall, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

We are pleased to welcome Andrea Siddall, a West Chester graduate with a degree in Elementary Education as our new Youth and Young Adult Ministries Director.  Andrea is currently a Pre-K teacher.  She has a son who is in third grade.  She grew up in nearby Dresher, the third of four siblings.












Casey Brookes, Director of Children and Family Ministries

Casey M. Brookes was welcomed to Grace Baptist Church in October 2011 as the Director of Children and Family Ministries. She has spent most of her life helping in the children’s department while growing up. 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 is a 2009 graduate of Eastern University in St. David’s with a major in Youth Ministry and a minor in Biblical Studies. 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 Secane, PA where she is a full-time administrative assistant in the court of common pleas.  In her free time, you can find Casey cheering on the Phillies, having craft nights with her friends and spending time with her family.


Barbara Ann Green, Director of Music
Barbara has shared her musical expertise and love of music with the Grace Baptist family for many years.  In her role as Director of Music and Organist, she directs the Sanctuary Choir, the Hand Bell Choir, oversees the Children’s Music program and directs and produces special community outreach concerts.  Barbara received both her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Music Education from Temple University.  As an Elementary School music teacher, she taught in the Neshaminy School District and Meadowbrook School. She taught piano in her home as well as in the studios of the Southampton Music Company.  Barbara founded and for many years directed a community Women’s Chorus in Bucks County, directed the Rydal Park Retirement Community chorus and continues to sing with the New Life Trio.  Barbara and her husband, Ken, have two daughters, Kim and Amy, and four grandchildren.

Trish Simpson, Office Manager
Trish joined the staff of Grace Baptist in July 1996. She and her husband, Barry, have three children, Whitney, Stephanie and Travis, six grandchildren, and live in Upper Gwynedd. Trish is Bell Choir Director at her home church, Central Schwenkfelder Church, in Worcester, PA and a substitute organist in area churches.








Steve Choyce, Sexton
Steve works at Montgomery County Community College.










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