Robert Casteline, Assistant Pastor
Robert Casteline is a son of Central Baptist Church, having accepted Christ here in the late ‘90s. Originally from Boston, MA, Robert came to NYC to pursue a career in the theatre after attending Hofstra University. God, however, seems to have had some other plans.
After becoming a follower of Jesus, Robert had a number of questions about what being a Christian really meant. Thus began a passion for apologetics and theology. After taking the URBACAD course at CBC, Robert went to Denver Seminary to pursue greater learning. He earned an M.Div. with a Theology concentration in 2010. Yet, the experience at Denver Seminary went beyond the classroom and Robert found as much growth in the community that he was a part of as the classes he attended.
Returning to New York in 2011, Robert continued to work at UPS and as a waiter, work which he had begun in Denver. An opportunity for part-time work at CBC allowed Robert to leave those jobs in the beginning of 2013. He currently guides a variety of groups and ministries. (You could call him a “kitchen sink” pastor!) He was ordained in February of 2012.
Robert takes great joy in talking about the things of God and theology. It is his passion to make sure that everyone knows not just what the Truth is, but why that Truth is reasonable and good. He also enjoys playing computer games (like Mass Effect and Civilization) and watching show like “The Middle” and “The Walking Dead.” Feel free to contact him for a cup o' joe and a conversation.
He and his wife, Kimberly, have three children: two sons (Robert Joseph and Jared) and a daughter (Amber).
We have more information about our favorite elder from Haiti coming soon!
God called Mark Marchak out of a career path toward becoming an artist into fulltime ministry. He serves as Director of City Church Movemeents for Missions Door. Mark oversees missionaries “of many languages, races, cultures, nationalities and generations passionately serving Christ in the cities of the United States and beyond. “ He collaborates with church planters, ministers reaching the hard to reach, those developing urban leaders and missionaries serving the city’s “harassed and helpless.” Mark was educated at Taylor University (BA in Biblical studies) where he also played football and wrestled, and at Denver Seminary (MA in systematic theology). He and his wife, Karen, have two children.
At Central Mark helps train leaders through URBACAD, is one of the adult Sunday School teachers, and serves on the leadership team as an Elder.
Chris Phillips is a longtime member of CBC. We'll tell you more about this international man of mystery in the near future!
Deryck Tonge has been a committed servant of The Lord for over thirty-five years. He has been a dedicated member of Central Baptist Church since 2000.
Deryck is a seasoned successful entrepreneur and a Master Craftsman. Early in his professional career, Deryck left his trade as a master carpenter to become one of the first African American managers for Pathmark Supermarket. After four years, he returned to his craft, obtained his license and launched Deryck Tonge Home Improvement Company. For over thirty years, his company performed extensive residential and commercial renovations for the Gap, McDonald’s, the Pfizer Company, North Shore Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and many others.
Deryck has a desire to share God's Love with the world. He serves in the army of The Lord as an Elder.