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.
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 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 husband and her niece.
Jordan is a senior at Eastern University majoring in youth ministries. He grew up as a pastor’s kid in the Brethren in Christ church. His home town is Saint Thomas, PA. His goals include one day working full time in youth ministries and to eventually be ordained as a senior pastor. “I’m big on going where God leads me.”
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, five 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.