In October of 1968, Rock Church was founded when John & Anne Gimenez were traveling from Pennsylvania to Florida and stopped in Virginia to appear on The 700 Club. The Prophetic word declared, “…I am sending you to a people you know not of…” inspiring them to trust God for clear direction. John Gimenez felt compelled to seek an empty church building as a sign of God’s confirmation. Incredibly, a church building became available in Norfolk for revival services which was soon overflowing with spiritually hungry people.
In 1971 the first Rock Church sanctuary was dedicated debt free! God continued to move and grow the ministry, opening doors to broadcast on national television reaching millions of people with the gospel.
The next generation of leadership emerged in 2013, when founder Anne Gimenez along with the Rock Church elders & leadership installed John and Robin Blanchard as the new Senior Pastor of the Rock Church International. Pastors John & Robin’s continuation of the original vision expands to reach another generation for Christ through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and the prophetic word of the Lord at the forefront.
Today, the Rock Church has impacted the world with over 500 churches internationally. This apostolic ministry is committed to equipping people from the “cradle to the grave” to fulfill the purpose of God.
Rock Church of Virginia Beach – Bishop Anne Gimenez
Pastor Lou Badolato grew up in the Baltimore, Maryland area where he pastored and ministered at the Rock Church for eighteen years. He and his family then served almost two years in Ukraine as missionaries. In 1998, God led him to start North Shore Rock Church, which became East Gate Christian Fellowship, in Salem, Massachusetts.
Lou Badolato is currently the Pastor of East Gate Christian Fellowship in Salem, Massachusetts, and is the founder of Kingdom Life Ministries. The Kingdom Life Center which is a center for Prayer Ministry, Healing Rooms, local church unity services, a future Intern Program/ Bible College, a forthcoming food program and much more.
East Gate Christian Fellowship – Pastor Lou Badolato
Kingdom Life Ministries – Pastor Lou Badolato
The ministry, led by Revs. Robert & DeMarcy Brock, focuses on promoting freedom from brokenness through teaching, ministry, and a lifestyle of worship. The brokenness can be any of life’s controlling issues such as, sexual addictions, pornography, drug and/or alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, gender identity issues, homosexuality, fear and pride. Anything that comes between you and a more passionate relationship with Christ.
Rev. George (Rezzurrection) and Nicole Jones share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through hip hop music and radio ministries.