PASTOR DANIEL MARTINO
- Senior Pastor | Spanish Service
Pastor Martino is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico where he grew up and accepted the Lord at the age of 17. In his mother church he received his initial teachings and the passion for evangelism and missions, and this has permeated his ministerial trajectory.
Pastor Martino is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a BA in Sociology and Hispanic Literature. His educational endeavors led him to further his studies where he received his Masters in Divinity from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico in 1987. He was ordained at Castañer, PR, in May 1989. Pastor Martino has served in different capacities as community, organizer, and denominational leadership throughout his tenure serving both rural and urban settings.
Associate Pastor/Community Leader in Puerto Rico
Founder & Director of Castañer Christian Academy of Puerto Rico
Pastor of First Hispanic Baptist Church of New London, CT
Leader of the new church planting in the city of Norwich, CT
Pastor Daniel is happily married to Grace Martino, and fathers Daniel, Javier, and Grace, his most precious treasures.
PASTOR Antonio vargas jr.
- Associate Pastor | English Service
- Director of Christian Education
Pastor Antonio is a native of New London, and a product of the Church of the City community. His passion and commitment to children and youth advocacy, education, social justice, and worship embodies his holistic approach and heartbeat for ministry: providing spaces where people are known and loved to know and love for transformation.
Pastor Antonio received his undergraduate degree from Gordon College, MA, studying Pastoral Ministry and Business Administration. Recently, he was awarded Collegian of the Year, and was named by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as one of “25 Young Adults to Know”.
Council Member for the Gordon College Alumni Advisory Council
Co-Founder of OneBody worship ministries
In his free time, Antonio loves to cook, binge-watch Netflix shows, and learn new hobbies.
PASTOR WILLIAM (BILL) RIVERA
- Associate Pastor and Counselor
Pastor Bill became a Christian at age 17 and enlisted in the United States Navy shortly afterward. Arriving at his first duty station in San Diego, California, he was challenged by some men to “Take up his cross, follow Jesus as a disciple, and commit himself to fulfilling the Great Commission of Christ."
Pastor Bill earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Belton, Texas (1986), and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Youth and Family Counseling) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts (1990). He was ordained for the Gospel ministry in 1986 at Belton, Texas.
Director of Multicultural Affairs and Immigration Practice for the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Human Development Adjunct Professor at Connecticut College
Pastor Bill is married to his wife Rosie Rivera. They are the parents of five children and seven grandchildren.
PASTOR BELISCA DESTRA
- Associate Pastor | Haitian Service
Pastor Belisca Destra, a native of Haiti gave his life to The Lord at the age of 16 years old since that time he started his journey with The Lord.
Pastor Destra has had the privilege to lead ministries like: Christian Education, young association, and outreach groups.
Pastor Destra was ordained in 1995, in his native Haiti. He earned a degree in Theology at The Theological Evangelical Seminary, Port Au Prince Haiti (2002), and a degree in business at Quisqueya University, Port Au Prince (2005).
Professor at Bible Institute and Science in Hartford
Founder of Great in thy Faithfulness
Associate at Home Depot
Driver at School District of Cheshire, CT
Pastor Destra is married to his wife Rosemarie since 1986, and is blessed with 4 children and 2 grandchildren. His family sees him as their role model.
- Worship Leader and Communications Director
Toby grew up on Long Island, New York. He has served on various worship team for multiple years and in different areas of New York. After receiving a calling to move to New London, Connecticut in 2013, Toby began working in the School System helping children with special needs. Having a burning desire to serve more at church, he took on the role of Worship and Communications Director at Church of the City.
Toby went to Molloy College
where he graduated with a B.S. in Music Therapy and Psychology.
Technology Specialist at New London Public School System
Enjoying life ....