Hometown: Columbus, NJ
John was called to be the pastor of CBC in 1981. He describes his time here as a “great adventure” that has been, “exceeding all of my dreams!” Over the years, this church has grown from a small local ministry to a recognized regional voice for the Kingdom of Christ.
John loves being married to his fun and “feisty” Irish-American wife, Maureen! They’ve raised two sons and are proud grandparents to four year old Zoe. John loves reading history, kayaking, jogging, outdoor activities and train rides into Philly to see historical sites and eat at the Reading Terminal Market.
Staff Administrator / CBC Elder
Hometown: Bordentown, NJ
Steve has served as an Elder since 2004, and has been on staff since 2007. His duties include overseeing each staff position, and helping to coordinate all the “spokes in the wheel” at CBC. Steve says, “The best thing about serving on staff is being linked together with people who genuinely love God and each other. They work from the place of freedom in Christ, and submit to one another confidently as unto Him... it's really a blessing to be a part of!”
Steve enjoys playing the guitar, working with his hands, and losing himself in the wondering of God. If given the choice, he would almost always rather be outside and barefoot.
Hometown: Columbus NJ
Deborah became a follower of Jesus as a young child and has been attending CBC for more than 40 years. She previously worked in the corporate world until 2001 when she began as the Office Administrator at CBC. Since then, Deborah has seen the position grow into what the Pastor calls, the “information hub” of CBC. She not only works in the church office but heads up the Holy Grounds Café which is one of our favorite gathering spots!
She and her husband Michael are happily married and have three children and six grandchildren.
Debbie enjoys her family, the beach, and time with friends.
Hometown: Mount Laurel
Amy joined CBC as the Administrative Assistant in 2013, and has served as a volunteer in many other ministries. Amy helps support the various ministries of CBC with administrative tasks. Prior to working at CBC, Amy worked in the financial industry for 10 years.
Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, Paul, their three children, and with friends. She began her relationship with the Lord at the age of 15 and continues to hold onto James 1:2-4.
Director of Worship
Jill has been worship director at CBC since 1993. Jill began ministry in music with Inner Peace Ministry, as a teen. She ministered with New Beginning, as a vocalist, from 1987 to 1993. Jill plays keys and directs our team of worship leaders and musicians. She has a passion for the Word and to help others grow up in the faith.
Jill and her husband, Bill, have three grown children and seven grandchildren...and counting!
Director of Youth
Hometown: Columbus, NJ
Antonia serves as both the Youth Director (March 2017) and the Treasurer (April 2010) at CBC. Her past employment history includes working the fields of finance/accounting, project management and human resources. More recently Antonia has been a bookkeeper for a local pre-school and a substitute teacher at both the middle and high school grade levels. Antonia thanks God for giving her the opportunity to use her gifts for His kingdom.
Antonia is happily married and has one amazing daughter. She enjoyed homeschooling with her daughter until grade 7. Antonia also adores animals, children, flowers, impressionist art, and cooking.
Director of Children's Ministries
Hometown: Hamilton, NJ
Diane has served as Director of Children’s Ministry at Columbus Baptist Church since January 2007. Additionally, she served as the Children’s Ministry Assistant from July 2004 to December 2006. Prior to her current position, Diane served in various Children’s Ministry positions in other churches for more than 20 years. She has taken her passion for Christian education and blended it with a relevant approach for today’s kids. Her goal is to meet a child’s desire “to belong” and “to be loved.” She describes Children’s Ministry at Columbus Baptist Church as: “Fun With a Purpose!”
Diane is the mother of four grown children who are her pride and joy. She and her family live in anineteenth century farmhouse in the historic North Crosswicks Village. Diane and her husband are advocates for Farmland and Open Space Preservation. Her favorite season is autumn and come September, the only flavor she eats or drinks is pumpkin!
Nursery & Pre-School Coordinator
Hometown: Lincoln, ME.
Rachel is the Nursery & Pre-Kindergarten Coordinator at CBC. Her responsibilities include administration of programs during our two Sunday services as well as our Wednesday night program. Rachel states, “I am committed to ensuring that every child who enters our doors has the opportunity to learn of Jesus’ love and His salvation.”
Rachel is a homeschooling mom of four kids, ages nine, seven, five and one. She enjoys playing piano, sewing & interior decorating, running, biking and gardening … really just about any outdoor activity. Rachel loves involving her little ones in these activities too, seeing them learn and grow.
Hometown: Freehold NJ (but currently lives in Riverside)
As Media Manager, Lee is always looking for ways to promote what God is doing in our church and the surrounding community through the use of video production. This includes creating the weekly Wave Video Announcements, managing the lights, audio and video for the Sunday Services, helping with content for the website, maintaining the CBC Facebook page and posting the sermons to the web as well as providing support for any community events CBC might be involved with.
Lee has served on the CBC staff since the tender young age of seventeen! An avid hiker, Lee has covered 520+ miles of the Appalachian Trail. He also works professionally as a freelance video producer and in his words, “I absolutely love it!”