Steve poole

interim Pastor

Steve was raised in a Navy family. Since he moved often he had to learn how to make new friends often. At the age of 12, he accepted Christ at a summer youth camp. He surrendered his life to full-time ministry at the age of 17. He attended University of South Alabama and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he met his wife, Wendy. They served as missionaries with the International Mission Board in the country of Jordan where their eldest son, Ashton was born. Their second son, Zachary, was born in Texas. 


Steve was pastor of various ministry areas at churches in four different states before moving to Maryland in 2006. He has served in established churches for 30+ years as pastor in areas of youth, music, education, administration, and even children. In 2015, they became missionaries with the North American Mission Board and started the work to plant Elevate Church in the Eastport community of Annapolis.

Camille Contino

office manager

Camille was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in College Park, MD where she was baptized at age 16. After graduating high school, she spent the next 4 years in the great northwest, including Alaska. When she moved back east she began a career in live television news as a satellite traffic coordinator in Alexandria VA, Charlotte NC, and Washington D.C.


Camille eventually settled in Shady Side where she has spent the last 15 years raising her son Cole and growing closer to God through Bible study and service.

She has owned Believe Photography since 2005 and enjoys taking pictures of people and the beautiful area she lives in. She also likes watching movies and is an avid reader.


Toni Baden

Director of CHILDRENs ministries

Toni Baden is a born and raised Washingtonian. She grew up in Chevely, MD and graduated from Fairmont High School where she met her husband, Dan. The Badens moved to Anne Arundel County in 1993 and have two children, James and Shannon. Mackenzie joined the family in September of 2015 when she married James. Dan and Toni were married at Central Baptist Church in Bladensburg, MD in 1987. They moved to West River in 1993 where they joined Riva Trace Baptist Church and served in the children's ministry . Toni enjoys her family, playing sports, scrapbooking, laughing, and cruising around in her punch buggy convertible.