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.