Leadership at Thompson Church comprises three groups: our Session, our Deacons, and our staff. Each group is selected either directly by the congregation or through a committee of congregation members.
Governing decisions at our church are made by our Session. Our Session comprises ordained Elders who are elected by the congregation. Our Elders are responsible for moderating the committees that are essential for the functioning of the church. In addition there are ordained Deacons who minister within our church and the community. Our staff relies on God's grace to help meet the spiritual and fellowship needs of the congregation and to communicate our faith in the living Lord through worship, education, and various media.
Meet our staff:
REV. JIM POINSETT
Jim was called to the ministry as a second career and received his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School. Prior to joining TMPC as Interim Pastor, Jim served as Interim Pastor/Head-of-Staff at Newtown Presbyterian Church, Newtown, PA and St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Ballwin, MO.
Rev. Bailey pruneR HEckman
Bailey Heckman began her ministry at Thompson Church in November 2013. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and a Master's Degree in Divinity. Her parents and two sisters live in her hometown of Toms River, New Jersey. As our Associate Pastor, Bailey works in many areas of ministry with a focus on Christian Education. Bailey lives in Ewing, Nj with her husband, PJ, and her daughter, Annalise (and their dog, Bella too!) She enjoys spending time by the water, reading, and dabbling with painting and drawing. Each day Bailey tries to remembers Jesus' words, "So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today." (Matthew 6:34)
Melissa Bottelier joined the staff at TMPC in 2017. She enjoys working part-time supporting the entire staff as well as keep track of the many details that keep the office running smoothly. She provides support to any member of the congregation, the committee heads, and the church leadership as needed. She enjoys getting to know and serve all of the church members, all of whom she finds friendly, giving, and interesting. In Melissa's personal time, she enjoys her family, friends and is always up for a walk or hike in nature.
youth and family ministries;
contemporary music director
Stephen Scovell is the youth and family ministries director as well as the contemporary music director at Thompson. He graduated from Messiah College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and minor studies in youth ministry. During his time in undergrad, he spent three years as an intern for Salt and Light - a creative arts youth ministry. While at Messiah he also met his wife Amber; they are both currently graduate students at Princeton Theological Seminary. Stephen enjoys playing guitar, watching sports, and reading comics. He can often be found talking about his dog to anyone willing to listen.
Patricia Murphy earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Westminster Choir College and subsequently has been involved in music in a variety of settings. Tricia has taught voice, piano, and violin privately; and she has performed small roles and sung in the chorus of operas in Italy and Israel. Tricia loves working with children and thinks of her time directing the musicals and children’s choirs at The Cambridge School as among her career highlights. Tricia has three kids; they are all involved in youth sports. In Tricia’s free time she loves to read, go to the beach, and spend time with her husband and kids.
Dorothy studied piano and organ at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and holds a BA and a performance diploma from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, and an MA from the University of Denver. She has performed extensively as a solo and collaborative artist and has taught for schools as varied as Harvard University and East Tennessee State University. Prior to joining the staff at Thompson Memorial, she served as pianist at Grace United Church of Christ in Flemington, NJ.
Dorothy grew up in the woods in northwestern Pennsylvania painting with local clays and sandstone on stone outcroppings. She continues to paint in addition to private teaching at her home in Flemington. Her daughter, a writer and costume designer, has recently married and lives nearby.
Linda Landis works hard to keep track of the financial records and accounts of Thompson Church. She provides support to the Finance Committee and the church leadership. She has an adult son and lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
George Salt has faithfully served Thompson Church for over 30 years, helping to care for our building and grounds, and doing hard work with our cemetery. George and his wife live in Washington Crossing.
business administrator (volunteer)
Sue Schaub joined Thompson Church in 2012 soon after she and her husband moved to Bucks County. She started as our Business Administrator in 2013. Sue oversees the church office, manages contracts, and sits on the Property and Finance committees. Sue and her husband have two grown sons (and a daughter-in-law). She plays handbells in the church choir, enjoys(?) running, and volunteers at a therapeutic horseback riding center for military veterans.
Ruling elderS (session)
Below are the current members of our Session at Thompson Church. The year to the left indicates the person's final year of service (it is a three-year term), and following the name is the committee that each person helps to lead.
2019 Tom Barford, Personnel
2019 Anita Campbell, Nominating
2019 Chuck Green, Christian Education
2019 Rick Schaub, Mission and Outreach
2020 Susan Achenbach, Clerk of Session
2020 Jo Ann Alberts, Membership
2020 Frederic Haubrich, Long-Range Planning
2020 Al Matulis, Cemetery
2020 Fred Wustholz, Property
2021 Marina Atwood, Business and Finance
2021 Colin Jenei, Worship and Music
2021 David Oxley, Worship and Music
2021 Bruce Stevens, Business and Finance
2021 Lydia Williams, Stewardship
Below are the current, serving Deacons at Thompson Church. The year to the left indicates the person's final year of service (it is a three-year term).
2019 David Cane
2019 Marlene Clark
2019 Linda Torda
2019 Mike Wert
2020 Roseanne Bell
2020 Lynn Breen
2020 Brad Michael, leader
2020 Bucky Pope
2021 Sandy Barford
2021 Jeff Berry
2021 Joanne Clark
2021 Colleen Guest
2021 Colleen Koh
2021 Melissa Mantz
2021 Susan Post