Rev. Mayra Castaneda, Senior pastor

Rev. Mayra Castaneda, M.Div., M.A.C.E

Pastor Mayra loves the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart, soul, strength and mind and strives to love God’s people with compassion. She leans into shepherding the congregation with an open heart, open ear and open door for wonderful conversations to happen on all things daily life and faith matters. A lifelong learner and teacher, Pastor Mayra delights teaching and equipping all for the faithful and fruitful mission of the church to spread the hopeful and peaceful message of Jesus and to make an impact in our community, our nation and the world through hands-on service. 

Jose Alderete, Director of Music Ministries/Interim Youth Ministries Coordinator

Jose enrolled at the Newark School of the Arts for piano at the age of 12 and later for voice.  In high school, he took an interest in the marching band where he was introduced to other instruments and playing in a big group.  As the years went on, the youth group at the church where he grew up wanted to form a band and Jose has been involved in that ministry for the last 9.5 years.  Jose has also been a part of the chorus ensemble for Trilogy: An Opera Company in Newark during the last 6 years.  

Nancy Lambros, Church Administrator

Nancy Lambros is FBC's Church Administrator since 1995.  Nancy believes this was God's calling to work and worship here at First Baptist. Nancy has four grown daughters, 3 dogs and a parrot! 

Monica Cano, Custodian

Monica joined our team back in April 2015 as our daily custodian. She is married and the mother of two girls.

Rintu, English as a Second Language (ESL) Ministry Coordinator

Rintu loves working with people!  Her commitment to this program is invaluable and having her on staff is such a gift.  

Sebastian Sedlmayer, Building Manager

Sebastian is a skilled craftsman and always open to learning a new skill.  He brings diligence, responsibility and care to keeping the church building safe, secure and well kept.