Pastor lee Smith

Senior Pastor

Serving the people of Stafford Township is my great joy and calling. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if I can assist you and your family in any way. After 30 years of marriage, raising two adult children, and pastoring churches in four states, I feel so blessed to have met, loved, and pastored many hundreds of people. My life is spent with people, books, and with the arrangement of my thoughts for preaching. As Pastor of MBC, my first priority is that you would leave each service with a greater love for Christ. A mentor of mine once told me, "Tell the truth from God's perspective and worry not for the consequences." Our world is obviously broken, into that brokenness God sent his Son--Jesus. My life's work is to make that story alive.


Masters of Divinity with Greek and Hebrew, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2001), B.A. in Biblical Studies and Greek, Southeastern Baptist College (1997)

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or call the church office 609-597-7586

Ike Jones

Discipleship Director

We Welcome Ike Jones to the MBC staff. Ike brings over 25 years of experience in teen and children’s ministry as well as years of experience leading small groups. Ike is excited to be returning to the church he attended as a youth and where got his start working in youth ministry.

B.A. Public Affairs & Admin Ferrum College

B.A. in the Bible, Cairn Univ

Graduate Certificate in Disaster Relief & Emergency Management, Crown College

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or call the church office (609) 597-7586

Wes brown

worship director

I started serving on the worship team when I was 16, as I began learning bass guitar. The Lord has led me to become the worship leader here at Manahawkin Baptist Church, where I strive to encourage the congregation to sing their praises and feel a deeper connection to God. Psalm 95:1-2 says, 'Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!'"


B.M., Music Education, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (2015)

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or call the church office at (609) 597-7586

kathleen thulin

women's ministry director

The focus and motivation of the women's ministry at MBC is found in 2 Peter 3:18: " grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I've been called into women's ministry to serve and coordinate opportunities for women to have solid worship, a strong community for Bible studies, and an understanding of the mission God has called us to in the Great Commission. As we study and have fun together, we grow in spiritual maturity through our horizontal relationships with one another and in our vertical relationship with our Lord.


B.A., Education, University of Michigan

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or call the church office at (609) 597-7586

Amy Trotta

children's ministry director

The Lord truly cleared a path and made it so evident to me that this role is where I belong in this moment. I am so honored to be guiding our children’s program in the church I’ve grown up in. Watching my own two children learn about God and connect with the families in our church is such a blessing and I’m so excited to be able to play a part in that for the kids at MBC. 

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

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or contact the church office (609) 597-7586

Brian and kori gresham


We are pleased to announce Brian and Kori Gresham as Co-directors of Redeemed Youth Group. They have been volunteering together working with students for several years. Please pray for them as they seek to serve the Lord in this ministry that God would bless them and our students would grow in their faith and understanding of the word.

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Susy Racioppi

office Administrator

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."  I am so thankful God has directed my path to this church family.  I feel blessed to be part of what the Lord is doing.


B.S. Education and Science, Northern Arizona University

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or call the church office at (609) 597-7586

sarah guenther

admininstrative assistant

I am extremely grateful and blessed to be able to work along side an amazing team of people with one purpose in mind. 

"So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up." Galatians 6:9

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or call the church office (609) 597-7586

Don Bailey

Building, grounds and MAINTENANCE director

Welcome Don Bailey to the team as our new Building, Grounds and Maintenance Director!