MaryAnne Sadaphal, Children’s Director
MaryAnne loves being around and ministering to children and has done so for the past 36 years. She believes that you are never too young to experience the love of God. Her desire is for every child to reach their highest potential in the giftings Father God has instilled in them. She’s passionate about having children exposed to the God’s Love and Word, and works to creatively communicate biblical truths to very child through the Children’s Ministry staff and programs. By laying that foundation, each child is resourced to achieve the destiny the Father has for their lives.
Another priority of Maryanne’s life is family. One of her greatest joys is to know that her daughters Danielle and Stephanie love and serve the Lord. That joy was compounded in 2014, as Danielle and Jason were married. Both now serve as the church’s worship leaders.
MaryAnne has a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Special Education, and is a first grade teacher. MaryAnne and Joel have been happily married for 33 years.
Jamel Salter, Pastor
Jamel and his wife Nicole grew up in and has served at LIVING WORD since its founding in 1993 and Jamel was ordained as Youth Pastor in 2008.
Inspired by the servant leadership of Jesus, Jamel believes that his call to ministry is to simply serve God’s people. His passion is to see people grow in their love for God and one another and to see young people serve God without compromise.
Jamel and Nicole have been married since 2008 and enjoy being parents to a son and caretakers to two energetic dogs (with very healthy appetites).
Hiram Matos, Elder
Hiram Matos has been attending LIVING WORD since the late 90s. Welcomed as a first time visitor to a church he didn’t know. He was surprised at how quickly it became home. He began serving initially as an usher and helping out in whatever was necessary.
Today Hiram is an elder of the church and leads the men’s ministry. The motto he keeps in mind for the men is to “see men stand strong in their faith because they have first learned to kneel”.
Danielle and Jason Williams
Danielle was born and raised in Long Island, NY. She is the daughter of Senior Pastors Joel and MaryAnne Sadaphal. Danielle went to NYU and received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s in Science Education. She has been teaching 7th grade science in a NYC public school since 2008. Danielle started off playing keyboard in the worship team in 2001 and over the years has directed the choir and become a worship leader.
Jason, born and raised in Augusta, GA, began playing piano in church around 2001 and has participated in a variety of different worship teams over the years. While his background is mechanical engineering, he is currently working in marketing for new AR/VR technology. He has recently included guitar and drums to instruments he plays in the worship team. Jason and Danielle were married in 2014. They have been serving together as leaders of the worship team since 2013. Together they oversee the Sunday Worship Team, Christmas/ Easter Choir and Worship Workshops.