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Meet the team

REVEREND DOUG THUEN

SENIOR PASTOR
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Pastor Doug was born and raised in beautiful northern New Jersey. Graduating from Nyack College in 1990 and Alliance Theological Seminary in 1995, he has served in full-time ministry since 1989. Doug was the first pastor called to Sparta Church and has been ministering here since 1995 with his wife Jen. Doug and Jen cherish their sons, daughters, and son-in-law and are enjoying seeing God's fruit bear out in each of their lives as they grow in Christ as adults. They love to "do life together" with Josh, Emily (married to Josh Warncke), Grace and Nate.  Doug is also known as ‘Poppy’ to the two greatest granddaughters in the world, Reagan and Mackenzie. Sometimes you may find him riding his motorcycle around the county, or swinging a golf club when he gets the chance. Pastor Doug's passion is leading people to the life-changing power of Jesus Christ while helping them identify their God-given purpose and equipping them to lead others to do the same.

CHUCK WAMPLER

INTERIM MINISTER OF DISCIPLESHIP
Chuck was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in a Christian home. He graduated from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, where he met his wife, Jackie. After being in the business world for 40 years and working in church ministries, he is thankful for his new position at Sparta EFC.  Chuck and Jackie enjoy spending time with their family, which includes six grandchildren who all attend Sparta EFC.

ERWIN MORALES

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY AND
OPERATIONS MANAGER
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Born in Queens, NY Erwin has been the Children’s Pastor since May of 2016.  After working in Healthcare management for over 18 years, and Lay Children’s and Youth Ministry for over 26years.  Erwin was called to ministry 4 years ago here at Sparta Church, Erwin is passionate in seeing children’s lives changed through experiencing Jesus at their level.  Erwin is married to Katherine and has 4 children named Isaiah, Daniel, Naomi and Joshua.

JOE LIPARI

DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP
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Born and raised in New Jersey, Joe has been the Worship Pastor at Sparta Church since July of 2018. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Counseling. He has been actively involved in ministry at Sparta Church for over a decade now. He has a passion for worshipping the Lord, leading a congregation in genuine worship, and growing other musicians to do the same. He believes that worship is the overflow of life in Christ and loves expressing that with the body of Christ.

LUKE MIHAIL

YOUTH PASTOR
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Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Luke has been the Youth Pastor at Sparta Church since September 2019. He has worked with youth both in ministry and in the secular field for twenty years and has a desire to see young people from all over the community, state, nation and world experience the love of Jesus. Luke is married to Samantha and has four children named Isaac, Emily, Henry and Oliver. 

GISELLE NAVARRO

WEB AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
From Tampa, FL, Giselle has been attending Sparta Church since the Summer of 2017. She has been working as the Web and Communications Manager at Sparta since February 2020. Giselle has been involved in various ministries over the course of her life and desires to apply her creative skills to help further the kingdom and ultimately point others to Christ.

ANNA THUEN

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
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Anna has been the Administrative Assistant at Sparta Church since April 2019. She has volunteered in leading youth ministry and worship ministry since coming back from school in Hawaii in 2017. Anna has a passion for leading, teaching, and discipling young women in the love of Christ and hopes to continue to be used by God in that way wherever He leads her.

Contact Us

Phone: 973-300-1717
Office Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM

If you or someone you know are in need of assistance, Sparta Church is here to help.
Our Deacons Assistance Hotline number is 973-300-1717 ext 17.

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