Pastor Sam DeMarco serves as the Senior Pastor of New Brighton Christian Assembly. He is a graduate of Geneva College and holds a graduate degree in Practical Theology from Oral Roberts University.

Pastor Sam’s experience includes various leadership roles within the church (with youth, worship, and pastoral ministry on the local, regional, and national levels), as well as a professional background in the marketplace.

It’s Pastor Sam’s passion to impart into students, seeing them discover and live the call of God.

Pastor Sam and his wife Jill are happily married with two daughters, Alyssa and Gina.


John Merola serves as the Director of EMPOWER – NBCA School of Ministry Director. He is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center and also holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College. John has a wide range of ministry and leadership experience. He has authored several books, and offers an insightful and inspiring teaching perspective. John and his wife Lori are happily married with three sons.