Pastor Joe has been the pastor of Gateway Christian Church since its inception: teaching the Bible chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse in the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia region. Prior to beginning this ministry, Joe served at a Charismatic Southern Baptist Church in Texas while pursuing a degree in Biblical Languages at Abilene Christian University (ACU). Upon returning to South Jersey, Joe and his wife Anne committed a couple of years to help establish and and build up a Calvary Chapel in New Jersey with friends of theirs whom they had studied the Bible with since they were new believers. Through a series of circumstances that the Lord had ordained, Joe was asked to lead a church in Woodbury, NJ. After much prayer, what is Gateway Christian Church of Woodbury is the fruit of that ministry.
Joe grew up Roman Catholic. He became a Christian in 1983 while working as a casino supervisor in Atlantic City, NJ. After giving his life to the Lord Jesus Christ, he got involved with ministry right away. He read through the Bible in a couple of months, then continued to read through again and again. With his newlywed wife and partner, Anne, he relocated to West Texas. They both enrolled at ACU in Abilene, TX (150 miles west of Fort Worth) where they met many lifelong friends who they network with. Through His grace, God began to use Joe and Anne. They desired to return to New Jersey and be involved in ministry and in church planting. Joe and Anne are currently living in Gloucester County with their five children: Josiah (22), Sarah (20), Katherine (17), Alethea (13) and Aubrey (10). Joe also hosts the radio ministry called In Your Faith that reaches many to listeners on the HOPE-FM Radio Network (www.hopefm.net) and The WAVE 92.7 in Ocean City, NJ. Joe has a wonderful and practical insight into God’s Word and a great ability to communicate God’s message to this generation. His life verse is Galatians 2:20.