Our Leadership

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. Stuart Spencer
Pastor

Stuart Spencer has been privileged and blessed beyond words to be the Pastor of Thompson Church since November of 1995. It is a continual joy for Stuart to serve this caring, talented, and faithful congregation. Stuart is married to Leslie. Leslie is a professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Stuart and Leslie have two amazing sons:  Sam and Miles. The Spencers live in Morrisville, where they love to be active in all kinds of ways. Stuart is fond of mountain biking, jet skiing, ice skating, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and working out with Kettlebells. Stuart loves to cook Mexican food for his family and friends. Psalm 4:7 has been a verse that has spoken to Stuart since he came to Christ in high school. “For you have given me more joy than they have with their grain and new wine abound.

Rev. Bailey pruneR HEckman
associate pastoR

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 here including youth and adult ministries. Bailey, her husband, PJ, and their dog, Bella, live in Yardley and 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)

Tricia murphy
choir director

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, ages 10, 8, and 5; 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. 

colton martin
organist/accompanist

Colton Martin, has been a church musician for the last 12 years. He began playing at churches and nursing homes when he was about 11 years old and now sees music and church as inseparable. This year Colton received his Bachelor of Arts from Benedictine College in Kansas with a triple major in Music, Theology, and Philosophy. While in Kansas, Colton worked for the last two years as the Assistant Director of Music at Saint Benedict Parish, and he also taught organ privately. Colton recently moved to this area to begin his studies at Westminster Choir College, where he is seeking to earn a Master of Sacred Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. Colton aspires to be a professional church musician. He believes that playing the organ is more than just delivering the right notes: organists should educate in their selections of music. Colton is an Eagle Scout and enjoys scuba diving, hiking, camping, reading, and playing music just for fun! 

grant farmer
Contemporary Worship Music LeadeR

Grant Farmer, grew up in a musical family. His mother was his music teacher in elementary school. Grant enjoyed being part of praise teams when he was growing up, playing contemporary music in church and later in college groups. Before moving to this area, Grant spent about five years as a volunteer in churches in Tennessee — singing, playing guitar and keyboard, and at times also leading the praise music. This fall Grant will begin his studies at Westminster Choir College toward a Master of Music in Choral Conducting. In his free time Grant enjoys backpacking and rock climbing; he spent some refreshing down time in Colorado this summer exploring the Rocky Mountains and hanging out with friends. As Grant reflected on what it means to be part of the worship music team in a church, he said, “My belief is that music has a strong connection to the individual’s soul in conjunction with the Scriptures or prayers that we speak/ hear, and it can express feelings in a manner and depth that many of us cannot reach solely by word.” 

linda landis
accountant

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
sexton

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.

sue schaub
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.

2017    Jo Ann Alberts, Membership
2017    Robert Auwarter, Clerk of Session
2017    Mark Delehey, Property
2017    Rick Foltz, Personnel, Long-Range Planning
2017    Steve Sailer, Cemetery
2018    Chris Bromberg, Stewardship
2018    Carol Evinski, Business and Finance
2018    Jo Ann Lieber, Christian Education
2018    Steve Miller, Business and Finance
2018    David Oxley, Worship and Music
2019    Tom Barford, Personnel, Long-Range Planning
2019    Anita Campbell, Nominating
2019    John Davis, Worship and Music
2019    Chuck Green, Christian Education
2019    Rick Schaub, Mission and Outreach


deacons

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). 

2017    Susan Achenbach
2017    Rosanne Bell
2017    Katherine Marriott
2017    Brad Michael, Co-Moderator  
2018    Jeff Berry  
2018    Amy Brewer
2018    Joanne Clark
2018    Colleen Koh
2018    Melissa Mantz
2018    Jane Mayrhofer
2019    David Cane
2019    Marlene Clark
2019    Lorraine Foltz
2019    Linda Torda, Co-moderator  
2019    Mike Wert