Senior Minister

Rev. Joel S. Hawthorne is the Senior Minister of Montgomery Hills. He has served the Lord here since July of 1998 as Senior Pastor, and also served as Associate Pastor from 1985-1992. Rev. Hawthorne is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He served the First Baptist Church of Glens Falls, NY and the Briggs Memorial Baptist Church in Bethesda, MD before coming to Montgomery Hills. He is married to Terri, and has two grown sons, Geoffrey and Nathan. Rev. Hawthorne’s passion is that everyone in the church discover and use their God-given gifts in ministry!

Music Director

Cheryl Spell directs the Sanctuary Choir, and oversees the youth and children’s choir ministries of the church. She is responsible for the worship music on Sunday mornings and other gatherings of the church family. Her goal is that each person have at least one moment in which they experience the Presence of God as they worship.

Administrative Assistant

Lynda Rooney has been a member of Montgomery Hills Baptist Church since 1987. Lynda joined the Montgomery Hills staff in February of 2014 following her retirement from Lockheed Martin Corporation in June 2013. Lynda holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland-University College.

Financial Secretary

Peggy Kullberg has been the financial secretary for 20 years. In this position, she keeps the financial books for the church. She has been a member of Montgomery Hills since 1968. Peggy is the sister of our pastor. She is a teacher by profession and has taught in public and private schools, grades 1-8. Peggy and her family are very active in all aspects of the church. She has worked with the children in the church for over 30 years! She heads up the nursing home ministry team and volunteers much of her time to this cause.

Peggy and her husband, Chuck, have two children ages 18 and 23. They enjoy vacations at the beach in Cape May, New Jersey and walking their two large dogs. When asked what Peggy likes most about her job as financial secretary she said: “I have learned a lot about giving. I believe in tithing and practice it. I recognize that all gifts are equally valuable in God’s sight. The story of the Widow’s Mite is one I have witnessed first hand.”


Clayton Nunes is the church pianist.