Pastors John and Elena Picarello
is a nationally known speaker and has been preaching and teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ since 1978.
He was licensed
and ordained in January 1996 under the ministry of Bishop Joseph G. Mattera at Resurrection Church in Brooklyn N.Y.
In May of
that same year he and his wife Elena founded House on The Rock Christian Fellowship located on Staten Island, New York.
John and Elena have a desire to see all people experience the redeeming power of the Cross,
and to be
healed and transformed by the love of Jesus Christ through the ministry of the word of God.
four children and five grandchildren. Pastor John serves as a member of the Apostolic leadership Team of Christ
Covenant Coalition Inc., in New York City.
He is also an active member of the National Association of Evangelicals.
is a retired veteran of the NYC Fire Department (March 1986 to December 2007) and a survivor of the World Trade Center tragedy.
He began his career with Engine Co. 278 in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, New York.
He has served
with Ladder Co. 109 and Battalion 40 as well as Engine Co. 152 and Battalion 21 in Staten Island.
Since September 11th, 2001 John has had the opportunity to give
his testimony to thousands across the country.
John has spoken in College Universities, High Schools, and has
been the keynote speaker at numerous banquets honoring the service of rescue workers throughout the country,
on the 700 club, TBN and a host of radio stations. John has also spoken at Madison Square Garden in 2002 and the Billy Graham
Crusade NYC in 2005.