Pastors & Staff

Rev. Jim Petrow

Senior Pastor and Founder

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 more than 30 years in ministry, Pastor Jim has seen thousands saved, healed and matured through his teaching of the Word of God.

Rev. Russell M. Starks

Associate Pastor / 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.

Worship Pastor and Creative Arts Director

Gerry Weaver

Children's Ministry Director

Gerry has worked several positions over the years at House on the Rock.  She started as a teacher in Seeds of Faith Preschool, has been a part of the cleaning staff. She serves in the Children's ministry and she is currently a pre-k teacher in Seeds of Faith Preschool.

Gerry loves children and she loves teaching them about God.  She is very blessed and amazed at what God has done in her life.  She is very excited to see what God has planned for her in this new season, and feels blessed beyond measure to love and teach your children.

Judy Petrow

Ministry Operations Manager

As a child I grew up number 5 of 6 siblings on a 118-acre dairy farm in Pen Argyl.  
I’m 100% Pennsylvania Dutch and love to cook & bake.  I was so blessed to have learned to cook & bake from my mother & grandmother.
Before I married Pastor Jim, I worked a very fast paced and stressful job as a
Quality Control Technician of controlled substances for a Pharmaceutical Packaging Company.
I never dreamed God would put a "Farm Girl" together with a "Pastor".
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 rescue dogs Zoe, Oreo & Ginger.  
I love watching the Victory Channel with great preachers like Kenneth  & Gloria Copeland, Andrew Womack, Jerry Savelle,  Bill Winston & Nancy Dufresne.   I also love Flash Point with Gene Bailey and his regular guests

Kathy Antoniello

Seeds of Faith Preschool Director

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 to her responsibilities, where she enjoys teaching the children more about Jesus, and learning even more about him FROM the children.