MEET THE STAFF OF IMPACT
DE’ANDRE SALTER - LEAD PASTOR
De’Andre Salter has taken an unusual path to ministry. As a businessman, he had a stellar 19-year career as Senior Vice President with three different Fortune 100 insurance companies. Then, his faith helped inspire him to build a multi-million dollar company by age 30 before finally navigating him to serve as Lead Pastor of Impact Church in South Plainfield, New Jersey. The path was unusual and he has certainly weathered many storms, but De’Andre found time to cultivate and lead hundreds of young professionals, senior executives and entrepreneurs to Christ.
Born and raised in the inner-city of Newark, New Jersey, De’Andre grew up without any financial stability. He attended church knowing about God but not really “knowing” Him intimately. Always a hard-working and highly motivated person, he graduated from Drew University in just three years. Upon graduation, De’Andre joined the insurance industry as an underwriter and quickly found professional success, but realized he was failing in the areas of his faith.
Filing for personal bankruptcy at the age of 21 forced De’Andre to evaluate his life and realize he was also spiritually bankrupt. He committed to follow the path that God had planned for him. God’s plan was for him to reach out to professionals and their families, helping them gain more than professional success and find HIS plan for their lives.
De’Andre has a relentless passion to help other Christians grow their faith, nurture their families, serve their communities and build incredible businesses. He also teaches Christians everywhere that God desires for them to leave both a spiritual and financial legacy for their children. As a servant leader, he also acts as a small business coach, public speaker, and blogger, using his platform to help others realize that biblical teachings, texts and experiences can help them reach their life goals and please God when applied to their personal and professional life.
De’Andre has been happily married to his childhood sweetheart, Terri, for over twenty-two years and together they have four children. He holds a Master of Theology from The Kings University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at his undergraduate alma mater, Drew University.
TERRI JONES SALTER - FIRST LADY
Terri is author of Sins of My Mother, a novel chronicling the spiritual journey of a “people pleasing” woman who has sacrificed her personal happiness in an attempt to mend the lives of her dysfunctional family. Sins of My Mother helped Terri attain publishing success, giving her a readership of thousands and an exclusive bookdeal with Black Expressions, the largest ethnic book club in the country. She is also the co-writer of the off Broadway play, Sister’s Keeper, which explores the HIV epidemic in the African American community. Never one to let creativity sit idle, she is currently working on a screenplay and completing a book on parenting.
Lady Terri, by which she is tenderly referred, is a proud mother of four wonderful children and the wife and #1 fan of De’Andre Salter, successful entrepreneur, author and pastor of Impact Church, a rapidly growing non-denominational ministry in South Plainfield, NJ. She specializes in relationship coaching and creating support networks for women. Through keynotes, seminars and individual counseling, she teaches women to define and control their destiny, find balance and wholeness, walk in integrity and virtue, and create healthy, strong, meaningful relationships. Her audience is a melting pot; women from all walks of life, ethnicities, socio-economic groups and countries have written Terri to share how her insights have changed their lives. Her warm, vibrant and authentic personality will grasp any audience and will lead every woman to the realization of her motto, “Balance Is Where Wholeness LivesTM.” In spite of her writing success, Terri knows that her true value solely rests in her role as wife, mother and servant of God. Thus, she lives her life resisting the compulsion to compare herself to others, being consumed only with the incentive to one day hear God say, “Well Done”.
Cynthia is the most engaging worship leader you will ever find! Not being one to hog the spotlight on a Sunday morning, she knows how to make worship an interactive experience where everyone gets involved. Growing up, Cynthia would sing a tune every time she had a chance. This didn’t change through the years, and even in her spare time now you can find her listening to music and….you guessed it, singing. In addition to being the worship team leader she’s also a Doctor of Medicine and extremely successful entrepreneur.
Trina is the Chairperson Deacon who serves as Stewardship Director. As Stewardship Director, Trina oversees the finances of the ministry to make sure that all departments, the community, and others have adequate funds to support the church vision of Kingdom building. Trina previously worked in the banking industry as a Fraud Analyst and is also the founder of Beautiful You where she serves as CEO/Senior Fashion Stylist.
Pastor Nancy has been a world-class educator in the New Jersey public school system for many years. With an extensive professional and educational background working with children and youth, she makes sure that when you make the decision to allow your children to attend children’s church or youth nights that it is the best decision of your life. Nancy believes that children’s church is more than just a babysitting sitting service; it’s a place where your children come to learn about Christ and how to treat one another in a safe environment. Some of her duties include making sure that all children and youth ministry volunteers have thorough background checks, have state of the art safe sanctuary training, and are fully equipped to teach.
The teenage years are a critical phase of development. As Impact Teen Director, Shawn makes it his priority to create an environment where teens can grow spiritually and relationally with their peers. They do this by hosting bi-weekly meetups and by making sure each Impact Teen knows they have someone to confide in when they face life’s tough situations. It’s Shawn prayer that teens find Impact Church a safe place where they can be drawn closer to Christ and form lifelong bonds with others who are facing the same peer pressures and life challenges as them, but have a common source of wisdom and strength in Jesus Christ.
Sherri spearheads all marketing and communications efforts between members and guests at Impact Church. She communicates the timeless message of the Gospel in a way that connects with the world on a daily basis.