Fred Spoelstra / Chair Elder
Deacon / Deaconess
Tony Pagano / Building & Maintenance
Jean Kilzer / Connection & Care
Kelly Gvoth / Women's Ministries
Charles Moltane / Men's Ministries
Damian Mericka / Lead Pastor
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Originally from Ohio, Damian joined us in 2015 with a very diverse background. A PK (Preacher's kid) he came to know Jesus as Savior after a fiery revival when he was five; and the rest of his life has been spent learning to know and submit to Him as Lord. Degreed in both Business and Ministry Damian served along side his dad in ministry both in Ohio and Georgia. Having a heart for smaller churches he supplemented income by managing in various retail environments along with serving our Country in Active Duty Army.
While pastoring in NC he met and married his wife Lacie and together they have two beautiful daughters, Hayden and Saige. In 2016 God answered their prayers in a very powerful way and their family grew by two- Daisha & Jayden through Fostering. Along with their cat Bruce, the Mericka family still feel God is going to continue to grow their family.
Collectively Damian has pastored in OH, GA, NC, TX and now NJ with a passion for Missions. This has led him to partner with the Christian & Mission Alliance denomination, leading Cornerstone into efforts impacting both domestic Mission efforts and abroad.
When not pouring over endless volumes of a library he enjoys intense cardio workouts, coffee, dating his wife and singing "Frozen" songs while dancing with his daughters, cheering his son on at basketball and talking to God.
Teaching Ministry: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142225869695466/
Shantelle Torres / Worship Team Leader
Born and raised in New Jersey, Shantelle brings a love for people and worship. At age 9, she accepted Jesus into her heart. The first church she attended brought out this love for music when she sang in the children’s choir. In the next churches she attended, she would go on to sing with the children for specials, a young adult singing group called Conquerors, and eventually led worship alongside other skilled musicians and vocalists.
In high school, she took piano class and competed in state-wide vocal competitions. She also competed at in-state Fine Arts competitions where she was invited to and competed at Nationals located in Florida. She went on to graduate from William Paterson University simultaneously with a local Music Academy. While attending the academy, she traveled throughout the Tri-State area singing in multiple churches – worshipping and learning.
She put to use her passion for people and worship as she assisted in children’s Sunday School and Youth Groups, sponsored Girls Ministry, and continued to lead in worship at the churches she attended. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, whether it be watching a movie, playing board games or simply chatting. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, hunting for new coffee shops to visit, drinking and making coffee, and cooking.
Andrew Edward / Student Ministries Intern
Andrew holds a Bachelors Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Nyack College and is currently a Senior in the Masters of Divinity Program at Princeton Theological Seminary. His research attempts to analyze the imagery and symbolism found in the Gospel of John in conjunction with Plato's Dialogues as well as other pieces of early Greco-Roman literature.
Andrew is also an avid PC gamer who is currently playing Overwatch. He is also a Batman and DC comics fan in general and holds the unpopular opinion that Batman V. Superman was a masterpiece. He is what many would call a "car guy." His favorite make of car is Subaru and his realistic dream car is a 2012 Subaru WRX Hatch. Apart from these hobbies, Andrew is engaged to his beautiful fiance, Tierra.