Our Staff At House On The Rock Family Church
Rev. James C. Petrow
Senior / Founding Pastor
After a successful career as a Senior Diagnostic Sales Specialist with Abbott Laboratories, Pastor Jim Petrow served as the Administrator for Faith Fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center from 1982 to 1989. Faith Fellowship was designated as the fastest growing church in the United States in the late 1980’s.
With his Pastor’s blessing Pastor Jim became the founder and Senior Pastor of House on the Rock Family Church in Bangor, PA in 1989. In 1995 HOTRFC built its new facility at its new location in Bushkill Township. House on the Rock Family Church has expanded its facilities and property over the years and now also includes Seeds of Faith which is our pre-school. Pastor Jim also serves on the Apostolic team of Covenant Ministries International which includes over 1900 member churches world-wide. Pastor Jim has had the privilege of teaching and preaching in churches all over country, including teaching annually at the Faith International Training School which includes students, ministers and pastors from all over the world. He is also currently serving on the Board of Directors of four other churches.
Pastor Jim’s vision and mission is to teach the Word of God in a practical, understandable way so that people can easily apply the principles of the Word of God to their everyday life. During his 30 years in ministry Pastor Jim has seen thousands saved, healed and matured through his ministry of the Word of God.
Pastor Jim, and his wife Judy, reside in Bushkill Township with their two Cairn terriers, Kainos and Joy, as well as their rescued Australian Shepherd mix, Zoe. Besides their passion and love for God, Pastor Jim and Judy enjoy gardening, the outdoors and their family.
Russell M. Starks
Director of Youth Ministry
Moving back to Pennsylvania in November 2015 from Virginia, Russell has always viewed HOTRFC as his home church. Russell and his family started attending back in 2000, and he was a part of the youth group which he now leads. He also was the Assistant Youth Director to Rev. Eric Schwartz for a brief time before heading out to El Paso, Texas to learn from Pastor Charles Nieman’s Faith Master’s Commission Bible program. Russell has over ten years of experience working with youth in environments ranging from churches to juvenile corrections and mental health facilities. Married in 2014, and together since 2005, Russell and his beautiful wife Rachael are excited to see what God has in store for them and the youth of HOTRFC.
Brian Gillispie: Creative Arts Director
Brian serves as the Creative Arts Director for HOTRFC after relocating to Wind Gap all the way from Lubbock, TX! He attended South Plains College as a Commercial Music major and has been involved in worship music for over a decade. Worshipping Jesus is his favorite thing to do and his hope is that all people will come to live as worshippers of the King of Kings. He is a huge baseball fan (Go Cardinals!) and enjoys reading as well as writing songs in his down time
Danielle Lombardo: Children’s Ministry Director
Danielle serves as the Children’s Ministry Director for HOTRFC. She graduated from Monmouth University with a dual certification in elementary and special education. She is a certified teacher with over a decade of teaching experiences. She loves working with children and the Lord called her to minister to children. She attended Christ for the Nations Bible College and her heart is for children to come to know the Lord. She enjoys reading, cooking, baking, dancing, but mostly spending time with her nieces and nephews!
Director Of Seeds Of Faith Preschool
Kathy Antoniello has served as the Director of Seeds of Faith Preschool (“SOF”) since March 2010. Miss Kathy has been the Lead Teacher in SOF’s pre-kindergarten class since 2007. Prior to joining the HOTRFC and SOF team, she was a stay at home mom. For over 15 years, Miss Kathy lead the Parent Teacher Association (“PTA”) and held various roles in her children’s education. Miss Kathy loves children and feels honored and privileged to serve as the Director of SOF.
Our Professional Staff