Church Staff

We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • Rev. James C. Petrow

    Senior/Founding Pastor

    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.


  • rev. Russell M. Starks

    Youth Pastor

    Russell M. Starks has been a member of the ministry team here at House on The Rock since 2015. He came on board in November of that year. However, Russell does and always has viewed HOTR as his home church. He and his family started to attend back in 2000. Russell was a part of the youth group when Dr. Mike was the youth director. 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 Niemen’s Faith Masters Commission bible program. Russell has over 18 years of experience working with youth age with environments that range from churches to juvenile corrections and mental health facilities. Russell has been with his beautiful wife Rachael since 2005, they were married in 2014. As of, August 2019, they welcomed their first child, Carter into their lives. Russell and Rachael are excited to see what God has in store for them. 

  • Rev. Shane Mccormic

    Creative arts director

    Shane is a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX where he earned a Bachelor's in Worship & Technical Arts, and nurtured a passion for worship and a heart for the people of God.  Shane has more than 18 years of worship leading experience and has served in various other ministries within the church. His desire is not to be a "worship leader" as such, but rather a lead worshipper, demonstrating the power of intimacy with Christ. He and his wife, Jessica, have been married for over 20 years and have two amazing children, Andrew and Destiny, who love to use their gifts to serve the church.  Shane's overriding goal is to see the name of Jesus made famous throughout the world.

  • Rev. Markie Ribera

    Children's Ministry Director

    Markie has been a part of the HOTR family since she was a child! She has served as an assistant to the Children’s Director and now is serving as the Children’s Director. She is married to Carlos and they have three beautiful children!  Markie loves children and loves sharing the love of God to the children of HOTR! 

  • Judy Petrow

    Facility Presentation Supervisor/ Women's Ministry Director

    My favorite scripture is (Joshua 24:15) As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.  I love serving My Lord and Savior.  Pastor Jim & I have been married since October 21st 2011.  I’m so blessed to have a Godly husband and I’m honored to be standing by his side and fulfilling God’s calling on our lives. In my free time I enjoy being with Jim and our 3 dogs, Kainos, Zoe & Oreo.  My favorite movies include Working Girl, You Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle.  I also enjoy listening to, Joyce Meyer, Pastor Ed Young Jr, Pastor Robert Morris and Dr. Bill Winston. 

  • Kathy Antoniello

    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.

  • Cindy Barrovecchio


    Cindy Barrovecchio considers it an honor to serve as Head of the Accounting Department, which she has done since January 2008. She has also led the First Contact Ministry since 2005, greeting family members and visitors as they arrive for service. Cindy has valuable experience that includes being a stay at home Mom for her two sons and many years in the Banking industry. She is also co-founder and Vice President of CAPO Leadership Consulting.Cindy and her husband Michael have been married since 1981. They have added Cooper and Zeke, their two Golden Doodles, to the family. Cindy has various creative outlets and interests. She loves arts and crafts, drawing, pottery, and projects with her 5 grandchildren. 

  • Sarah Seier

    Graphic Arts / Communications & ASSISTANT YOUTH DIRECTOR

    Sarah has been attending House on the Rock for a few years. While seeking a welcoming, Bible based Christian Church in the area, Sarah found House on the Rock online and instantly felt at home here.  She has a passion for our Youth Ministry, Rock Solid, and is an active leader for the group. Sarah is a dedicated mother to three beautiful and energetic boys. As a family they enjoy lots of outdoor activities, roller-skating and sports. Sarah loves to appreciate God’s creation and is amazed at what God has done in her life.  

  • Sharon Hall

    Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Sharon has been a member of House on the Rock Family Church since December 2005, when she received Jesus as her Lord and Savior.  She and her husband, Bill, were blessed with their daughter Olivia in February 2007. Her previous career in the hospitality industry is where she discovered her passion for serving others. In 2017, she joined the staff under Judy Petrow in Facility Presentation and took on the responsibility of heading up the church's Helping Hands Ministry. In 2018 she added Children's Ministry Coordinator, under Markie Ribera to her responsibilities, where she enjoys teaching the children more about Jesus, and learning even more about him FROM the children.