Our Staff

Robert E. Bell, Senior Pastor: Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bob grew up in Rhode Island where his father pastored the same church for almost 50 years. The oldest of five sons, Bob attended Philadelphia College of Bible and graduated with a B.S. degree in Bible and Christian Education in 1973. He earned his M.A. in Christian Ministry from Wheaton College Graduate School in 1974. After marrying, Bob and his wife Melody moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His first full-time church ministry was at Westminster Presbyterian Church where he served as the assistant-to-the-pastor and later as an elder. Daughter Alison arrived in July 1977 and son Andrew in March of 1981. In August of 1981 the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri where Bob enrolled in Covenant Theological Seminary and graduated with his M.Div. degree in 1984. While in seminary he served as the Church Administrator while their church was without a pastor and then worked as an Admissions Counselor for the Seminary. Their son Aaron was born soon after graduation. Bob has since served churches in Ruston, Louisiana and St. Peters, Missouri. He has been the pastor of Aisquith since December 1994. His two oldest children are married and live in the Baltimore area. He and Melody have seven grandchildren.

John E. Ceselsky, Assistant Pastor: John is a native of Baltimore who came to faith in Christ at the age of 23. Following his conversion, John received a B.A. in History from the University of Baltimore in January 1994. From there John felt led to attend seminary, where he attained a Masters of Divinity degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in May 1998. Following graduation, John received a call to serve as the assistant to the pastor, at his home church, here at Aisquith. John served in that capacity until he was ordained by the Potomac Presbytery in a service held at Aisquith on February 27, 2000. He has continued to serve as the Assistant Pastor of Aisquith from that time. He is also active in our local presbytery, the Chesapeake Presbytery, having served as the recording clerk of the presbytery from 2000 to 2006, and having served on both the Committee on Mission to North America, and the Committee on Credentials, as well as a number of several commissions. John’s primary role at Aisquith is to serve the families of the church as the youth pastor. It is his desire to see the youth of Aisquith grow as vibrant disciples of Jesus Christ, as he walks with families in nurturing their children in their walks of faith. This is done through teaching in our Sunday School program, teaching the Scriptures in our weekly youth Bible Study, and through RockHouse, Aisquith’s youth group. Additionally, John leads our yearly Impact mission trip and our College & Career ministry.

Dr. Dean, A.G.O., is the Director of Music Ministries at Aisquith Presbyterian Church. He formerly served as the Minister of Music at The City Temple of Baltimore (Baptist), as the Artistic Director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Center for the Performing Arts, under the auspices of the New All Saints Catholic Church; and taught choral music in the New All Saints Parish School.

Dr. Dean has taught in the Baltimore City Public Schools and headed music departments at Wayland Baptist, Bethany Baptist (Brooklyn, New York), All Saints Roman Catholic Church and the Lochearn Presbyterian Church. He traveled to the Vatican in Rome, Italy to participate in a music symposium for the parish Music Directors at St. Peters. A partial list of credits includes:

  • Serves as adjudicator for Middle and High School Choral Festivals
  • Organist for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical
  • Worship at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City
  • Guest conductor and organist at the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands
  • Dedicatory Organist at St. Andrews Church of Scotland in Rome, Italy (1990)
  • Director of “Kol Rennah Choir” at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
  • Conductor for Choral Organ Workshops and played recitals on historic organs throughout the United States and Europe
  • Conferred the Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Family Bible Institute, College and Seminary, Baltimore, MD (1997)
  • Conferred the Doctorate of Sacred Music from Eastern Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA (2010)
  • Director of the Urban Mass Choir, Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Director for the 2002 production of the Wiz; a collaboration of the Department of Arts and Sciences of the Baltimore City Community College and the Baltimore Metro Center for Performing Arts.
  • Constantly sought as a recitalist, guest organist, choral conductor and clinician, Dr. Dean is often asked to play dedicatory recitals on newly installed organs. He is the recipient of numerous awards, citations, and honors as a result of his unique gift and his capacity to gladly and freely share this gift with others.

Dr. Dean is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Organ Historical Society, and the National Association of Parish Musicians. He has completed three very successful recording projects through Ben Mykel Productions, entitled “Organ Evensong,” which was recorded on the magnificent Aeolian – Skinner Pipe Organ at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and “Concert of the Masters – Live.” Both recordings have enjoyed rave reviews. His latest release, “Guide Me,” was recorded at The City Temple of Baltimore (Baptist).

On April 2, 2000 Dr. Dean appeared as principal organist in a joint venture with the New Orleans Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and mass choruses consisting of members of the Symphony chorus of New Orleans, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Baltimore Opera Chorus and Baltimore Symphony Chorus in the presentation of “The Power of the Classics” which featured “Elijah” by Mendelssohn and (3) other works by Bach and Gounod for orchestra and organ. This concert was presented at the Historical Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, LA. This performance received rave reviews.

New All Saints Mass Choir, under the direction of Dr. Dean, toured Italy in September 2001. The tour culminated with the choir’s singing for Mass at the High Altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, with Dr. Dean at the console of the magnificent St. Peters Organ. From January 19th to January 26th, 2004, Dr. Dean and The New All Saints Touring Choir participated in the 10th International Paris Ile de France Choir and Music Festival, sponsored by the United Nations/UNESCO in Paris, France. Dr. Dean and the Touring Choir of Baltimore were invited to attend the UNESCO Choir Festival in Prague in the Czech Republic in 2006.

While under the direction of Dr. Dean, The Masters Trio was presented in a monumental effort at the Joseph Meyerhoff Concert Hall to a packed and enthusiastic audience in September 2007.