Pastor Richie Sarlo’s ministry journey started at age 19. After committing his life fully to Christ, he entered Countryside Christian Training Center where he received his Associate of Ministerial Studies. He later received his Bachelor and Master of Theology and Doctor of Sacred Studies Degree from Christian Life School of Theology. He and Misty have served in many areas of ministry including youth and kids’ ministry, and young adults’ ministry. Additionally, Richie has served as an associate pastor and has assisted in church planting. His heart is for the local church, and he believes that it can bring life change to the city, community, and the world. He is a lover of all New York sports, a Certified Personal Trainer, and is a life-long learner. He has been married to his wife, Misty, for almost 17 years, and they have two beautiful daughters.
Misty is currently pursuing a degree in public health from the University of Florida. She and Richie are also the owners and founders of C3 Athletics, a company devoted to health and total body wellness. This includes physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual growth. Her heart is to love people exactly where they are and for the community not only to hear of God’s love, but to see it in tangible ways. A verse that she often is heard quoting is I John 3:18, “…let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show it with our actions.”
Both Richie and Misty have a heart for the community, city, and the world. Their desire is for people to find out who they are and what God has called them to do. They believe that the local church is the hope of the world.
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What We Believe
THE BIBLE: The Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In it’s original writing, it is inspired, infallible, and inerrant (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
TRINITY: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On Earth, Jesus was 100 percent, God, and 100 percent man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind, and atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).
SANCTIFICATION: Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole Earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible’s list of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10).
TWO SACRAMENTS: Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38). The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
SECOND COMING: Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to Earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).