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
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
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)
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, 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!
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 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.
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
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