Pastor Joe became the Lead Pastor of Transformation Church on May 3, 2009. Together with his wife Ruth, they bring passion, vision, and leadership to our church and community. Pastor Joe and Ruth were married in June 1997, and have three boys, Joey (11), Josiah (5), and Seth who went to be with Jesus on April 10, 2004.
Prior to entering Bible College, Pastor Joe had dreams and aspirations of being a New York State Trooper. Pastor Joe earned an Associates Degree in Police Science from Orange County Community College,Middletown, NY, and attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. After a radical encounter with Jesus at Times Square Church in New York City, God changed the course of Pastor Joe’s life and he answered the call to ministry. In 1993, he enrolled into Zion Bible College in Barrington, RI.
Pastor Joe graduated in 1997 from Zion Bible College with a Bachelors Degree in Bible,majoring in Pastoral Studies and minoring in Christian Education. He was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 2001.
Pastor Joe and Ruth together began ministry as Youth Pastors at Providence Assembly of God in Providence, RI. After serving in Providence, they left to Boston to plant a church that they called International Worship Center in Roslindale, MA. After several years in Boston, God called Pastor Joe and Ruth to Western Massachusetts to pastor a church there in 2003. Under Pastor Joe’s leadership, the church experienced remarkable growth and financial blessing. Many outreach ministries were birthed, including the Berkshire Dream Center. Then in 2009 God opened the doors for Pastor Joe and Ruth to come back home to Middletown, Orange County, NY.
Pastor Joe was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and grew up attending Second Spanish Baptist Church located at E102nd street in Manhattan (El Barrio). In 1985 he and his family moved to the Middletown area and attended Trinity Church until going to Bible College in 1993. He graduated from Pine Bush High School in 1989 where he played 4 years of football. He loves the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. He enjoys reading, working out, NASCAR, Starbucks and watching a good clean movie with his family.
Since arriving in 2009, Transformation Church has tripled in size, 150 people have been baptized, and each week people are making decisions to follow Christ. He says, “Ruth and I are honored and humbled to be a part of this exciting time of growth and blessing at TC. We believe we are exactly where God wants us to be and that the best is yet to come!” A third service is planned to begin in 2013.