Rev. George R. Hansell, Jr. was installed as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church on October 31, 2004.
Pastor Hansell is a 1981 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree in Practical Theology. He did his undergraduate work at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas (1975) and Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois (1977) where he earned his B.A. in Elementary Education. He was ordained in his home congregation, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fairhope, Alabama on June 7, 1981.
Before coming to Grace, Pastor Hansell served as a Missionary-At-Large for Hispanic Ministry in Detroit, Michigan (1981-1985); Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Oneida, NY (1985-1995); Pastor of First Ev. Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg, PA (1995-2003); and Interim/Vacancy Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Munson, PA (2003-2004).
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Pastor Hansell called a number of places home as a child, including Pennsylvania, Venezuela, Texas, and Alabama.
Pastor Hansell was joined in marriage to his wife Krista on June 24, 1978. Their family includes their son Christopher and daughter-in-law Joy and their son, Jonathan Christopher Hansell, as well as their daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Eric, their daughter, Cora Grace Thompson and newborn son, Samuel Connor Thompson, who was born May 9, 2017 weighing in at 7 lbs. 4 oz. and 19 inches long.
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