Meet the FBCL Staff

Eric Kraihanzel, Senior Pastor

FBCL called Eric to be our Senior Pastor as of the beginning of January 2017.

Christopher Hamilton, Youth Pastor

Chris Hamilton is our Assistant Pastor for Youth Ministries, joining the staff of FBCL in May 2013.  Chris graduated from Eastern University with a BA in Youth Ministries and minors in Biblical and Theological Studies.  He has been involved in Youth Ministry for several years and has had the opportunity to minister to students in both church and camp settings.  Chris is married to Melissa, who is an educator for students with spcial needs, and she has become an active volunteer leader in our youth ministry, too. Chris and Melissa have a heart for children and youth.  Their goal is for students to know Jesus through a personal relationship, to worship Him, to grow in their knowledge of Him, and to discover God’s will in their lives and accept that calling.  We are excited to have Chris and Melissa in the ministry at FBCL.

email: chris.hamilton[at]

Janet E. Gross, Director of Music Ministries

Janet has attended First Baptist since 1984. She has been the full-time music director since 2002 following several interim and/or part-time music positions at FBCL. Janet currently directs the Sr. Choir, the Praise Team, JuBELLation handbell choir and the Jr. Choir.  She serves as the piano accompanist as well for the Sr. Choir and Praise Team. Janet feels blessed to be a part of a very gifted and committed music ministry and through her participation as part of the Worship Planning Team, strives to plan, rehearse, and present meaningful and worshipful music that lifts up and glorifies our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for our worship service each Sunday.

Janet is a graduate of West Chester University with a B.S. in Music Education. Janet is married to Robert and they have two lovely daughters, Joyana and Abigail. She enjoys reading and exercise and appreciates the opportunity to spend time admiring God’s beauty outdoors.

Janet's favorite bible verse is Psalm 98 - Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music. Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy.

email: janet[at]


Cheryl Anders, Church Secretary

The Lord called Cheryl to work at First Baptist, Lansdale, in 1983.  She holds a BA in Business from Peirce College in Philadelphia. She likes to keep the title Church Secretary rather than Administrative Assistant because she feels her ministry is to serve the congregation as well as the administrative staff.  In 2011 she became a “50 year member” of FBCL.

She is currently a member of the Visitation Circle, All Seasons Sunday School Class, has been through the Stephen Ministry Training program, Membership Secretary, Former Sunday School Teacher, and volunteer with Vacation Bible School, and the Recording Secretary of the Board of Directors for Elm Terrace Gardens.

She is a former member of the Board of Directors for Comfort Caring Canines, Therapy Dogs, Inc and cherishes the time she spends with her two Cavalier grandpuppies and two grandchildren.  Her hobbies include art and photography.

email: canders[at]

Scott A. Hagen, Sexton

Scott was born and raised at First Baptist Church and has been working at FBCL since November 2009.  Scott takes seriously the call to be the "hands and feet of Jesus," setting up for and cleaning up after special events at the church.  He takes every opportunity serve his community with a smile on his face and warm words to great those around him.  As the Sexton and faithful member of FBCL, Scott will often be the first person you see when you enter our sanctuary.

Married since 2001, Scott and his wonderful wife, Jean participate in and lead many church activities, special services and outreach.

FBCL is very greatful for Scott's love of sports, espcially baseball, as he is the manager for our church softball team and captain of our bowling team.

email: sah7pins[at]