Angelo J. Pierri, Senior Pastor
Angelo Pierri is the founder and senior pastor of Light of the World Church. From its humble beginnings in February of 1999, God has grown the church not only in numbers but in the hearts of its members. One of his many passions as Pastor is to see individuals established and stabilized in their faith, being rooted and grounded in the love of Christ. Pastor Angelo's foremost desire is that people experience the abundance of new life that can only be found through receiving Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, so that as many could affirm with Paul: “I have been crucified with Christ: it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” - Galatians 2:20
Angelo holds an Ed.S. in graduate studies from Seton Hall University, an M.A. and B.A. from New Jersey City University, and additional certifications. After his call to serve Christ in full-time ministry became evident, he left his counseling profession and has been serving as Pastor ever since. Angelo enjoys playing guitar, eating Italian food, and relaxing on the shores of Nantucket. Angelo is a widower and has three children—Melissa, Heather, and David—and four grandchildren.
Bob Morales, Associate Pastor
As the Associate Pastor of Light of the World Church, Bob Morales’s responsibilities also encompass the duties of Operations Management at the new Minisink Campus. Bob and his wife Anna joined LWC in 2003. Bob spent over 30 years in Sales and Management and Sales in the Industrial Electrical Supply field where he mainly concentrated time in NYC, NY. Though he was proud of his time in NYC, he regards his time serving in ministry and helping people over the years to be the most precious accomplishment of his life. Bob says, “Being able to help people has been the greatest honor one can have in his life.” He remembers the two scriptures God gave to him 25 years ago that have impacted and directed his life ever since. “But as for you, promote the kind of living that reflects right teaching. You must teach these things and encourage your people to do them, correcting them when necessary. You have the authority to do this, so don’t let anyone ignore you or disregard what you say.” Titus 2: 1,15 (NLT).
In 2011 Bob returned back to school after 40 years. He attended Ohio Christian University where he received an AA in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministries. He is in the process of securing his BS in Theology from Lancaster Bible College. Bob loves to worship his Lord and Savior, and enjoys teaching God’s Word. He credits all of his accomplishments to the power of the Holy Spirit working in his life. He has been married to his wife Anna for 42 years and has 3 children, Joshua, Robert Jr. and Nicole, and 3 grandchildren Amanda, Samantha, and Travis. Bob loves vacationing in the Caribbean along with spending time with his family in NY.
Wilfredo Almanza serves as overseer of the Communion Ministry and Missions. His eldership duties also include leading the Thanksgiving outreach, assisting with the Security Ministry, Evangelism and Prison Ministry. He has traveled on missions trips to Guatemala and Colombia. Wilfredo is married to Martha Almanza and is the father of three—Carlos, Melissa, and Kevin. Wilfredo enjoys spending quality time with his family and has been attending Light of the World Church since 2005.
Ramon (Ray) Fernandez
Ray Fernandez serves as overseer of the Security Ministry and assists with the Men’s Ministry. His eldership duties also include Caleb Ministry, Care Connection, and Visitation. He is married to Rachel Fernandez and has been attending LWC since 2003. Ray is the father of three daughters, Rebekah, Hannah, and Alexah. In addition to spending time with his family, Ray enjoys biblical studies, biblical counseling, and putting on the chef’s apron at home to cook the occasional dinner. Ray is unashamedly a loyal fan of the NY Jets and the NY Mets, and enjoys watching them play, regardless of how well they are doing.
Jarrod serves as full-time Maintenance Manager and overseer of Premarital Counseling. His eldership duties also include Youth Ministry Support, Crossroads Ministry, Housekeeping, Transportation, and Nursing Home Ministry. He has been attending Light of the World Church since 2004 and is married to Heather Hauger, daughter of Pastor Angelo. Jarrod is the father of three—daughters Olivia and Grace, and son Levi. Jarrod has a passion for the body of Christ to be healthy and to grow more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. He also loves spending quality time with his family, playing dress up with his little girls and throwing balls with his son.
Matthew (Matt) serves as elder for the Ushers Ministry, Welcome Center, Greeters Ministry and Altar Ministry. He has been attending Light of the World Church since 1999 and is married to Bonnie Jardel. Matt is the father of three—sons Caleb and Jacob, and daughter Leah. Matt enjoys studying God’s word, fellowship, and praise and worship. He also loves gardening, hiking and birding.
Kevin Strawn serves as Elder of Children's Ministry and is married to Marianne Strawn, director of the Children’s Ministry. His eldership duties also include Men’s Ministry & Prayer, New Believer’s Ministry, and True Vine Ministry. Kevin has been attending Light of the World Church since 2005. He is the father of two sons, Zachery and Nathan. Kevin is passionate about teaching young people about God's love, values, and practical hands-on skill sets. Kevin loves the outdoors, hiking, hunting, and bike riding. He takes his coffee black with no sugar.
Frankie Gonzalez serves as a deacon, a teacher in the school of the Bible, and a teacher in the Children’s Ministry. He also assists with the website services team. He is married to Betsy Gonzalez, and is the father of seven—Samara, Aaron, Emily, Selah, Serena, Lucas, and Kaitlyn. He has been attending Light of the World Church with his family since 2007. Frankie enjoys studying and teaching the Bible to his family and to others. An avid student of theology, he especially enjoys studying, reading and listening to books and podcasts on Biblical and Systematic Theology, Church History, and the Reformation.
Tom Marchesani serves as a deacon, the Men's Ministry Leader, a teacher in the school of the Bible, a Marriage Ministry leader, and an Altar Ministry worker. Tom also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. He is married to Alice Marchesani, director of the Music Ministry and is the father of three—daughters Lydia and Annie, and son Thomas. He has been attending Light of the World Church since 2004. Tom enjoys studying and teaching God’s Word, learning and sharing how to strengthen marriages and families, and leading people to a closer walk with the Lord. For fun Tom enjoys spending time with his family, fitness and exercise, extreme obstacle course racing, basketball, tennis, golf, and football.
Rufus Mitchell serves as a deacon, a teacher in the 5th & 6th grades in the Children Ministry, and a co-teacher of the New Beginnings class. He also serves on the Tithes & Offering counting ministry, the Altar Ministry, and oversees the Men's All Night Prayer once a month. Rufus is married to Brenda Mitchell and is the father of two children—Crystal and Rufus—and has six grandchildren. He has been attending Light of the World Church since 2005. Rufus is passionate about following Jesus, serving in church, teaching and having fellowship with other believers. He enjoys biblical reading, general reading, working on his garden, exercising and having fun with his grand children.
Betty Cook serves as a deaconess in the Care and Connection Ministry, the Decorating Committee and anywhere else she can lend a hand. Betty also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. She has been attending Light of the Word Church since 2000. Betty is widowed and has two daughters, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She enjoys fine dining, having family around her home, and visiting historical mansions and houses.
Maria serves as a deaconess in the Women's Ministry, and as an overseer of the Hephzibah Ministry. She serves as the wedding coordinator for the church and is also on the counting committee for tithes and offering. Maria joined Light of the World Church in 2002. She is widowed and has two daughters—Elly and Niki. Maria is passionate about speaking to women and young ladies who are broken to help them understand the love of Christ and their worth in His eyes. Maria enjoys hanging out with her daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, who energize her.
Board of Trustees
Angelo J. Pierri, President
Betty Cook, Secretary
Kathy Swanson, Treasurer
Frank Lopez, Trustee
Tom Marchesani, Trustee
John Mathew, Trustee
Elaine Williams, Trustee