Co-Pastor – Reverend Damaris Cami-Staples
Rev. Damaris Cami-Staples was born in Barcelona, Spain. She grew up in a Christian home. She graduated from the European Bible Institute in Lamorlaye, France in 1995. In August of 1996 she arrived to the USA to further her Theological studies. In June of 2000, she graduated from Andover Newton Theological School with an MDiv. It was during her years at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, MA that she met her future husband, Rev. Greg Staples.
Rev. Damaris Cami-Staples is passionate about making Christ and His message of salvation known. She loves to preach and teach the Word of God and her focus is on making the Word of God relevant to people's daily lives. She firmly believes that churches need to help everyone discover their spiritual gifts and provide opportunities for growth and service for all ages. She believes in a ministry of prevention and healing through preaching, teaching and living out the Gospel. She believes in the call to make disciples of all nations both around the world and here at home. Pastor Damaris enjoys working with people from different cultures and seeing the transformation the Gospel brings to all. She loves nature, hiking, camping, and exercising. She and Rev. Greg Staples have three children: Jessica (18), Nathan (14) and Samuel (8).
Co-Pastor – Reverend Gregory Staples
Rev. Greg Staples Pastor Greg was raised in a Christian home, in which faith was an integral part of his family life. In his formative years he was camp counselor at China Lake Conference Center, the camp of the American Baptist Churches of Maine. That experience would mold his Christian faith, his desire to serve others and, ultimately, his call to the ministry.
After earning his Masters of Divinity in 2005, he became Interim Senior Pastor first at Maplewood Baptist Church in Malden, MA, then at the Chelmsford Baptist Church in Lowell, MA. For over a decade, he and his wife, Rev. Damaris Staples served at the First Baptist Church of Melrose, MA.
He has ministered on the Board of Christian Education, Board of Deacons, Superintendent of Sunday School, and has preached regularly. He worked bi-vocationally, in the fields of finance and banking. The Lord has allowed him to apply his financial knowledge within the ministry.
Pastor Greg’s vision for the ministry is to share the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Within the church, his goal is to create a welcoming environment in which others will want to enter and where they can grow in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. He hopes to build vibrant ministries that will build-up the church and transform lives.
He enjoys music, writing, camping, and sailing. He looks forward to getting out on Lake George soon!