Senior Pastor Stephen Burton & Carol Burton
Steve Burton co-founded an evangelistic ministry in 1985 called Good Samaritan Ministries in the Greater Philadelphia area, addressing the needs of the poor, hurting and homeless. Concurrently, he also ministered as assistant pastor, musician, worship leader, teacher and evangelist at several local churches in South Jersey.
In 1990, he, along with his wife Carol, founded a vibrant fellowship called House of Praise with a focus on life changing praise, worship, intercessory prayer and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Their ministry vision, calling and anointing is broad but primarily pastoral and teaching with a focus to bring unity in the Body of Christ by building “spiritual bridges” and being a “repairer of the breach”. They have great emphasis on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit with special focus on prophetic ministry. Their vision is enriched with emphasis on the end time glory of the church symbolized by the great Feast of Tabernacles, that is, the time of prophesied fullness and greatest anointing. Their primary heart cry is for the church to have focus on Christ alone, be broken and emptied out and experience the true Holy Spirit empowered life in Him.
Steve is 63, married to his wife Carol for 38 years and have been blessed with 7 children and 3 grandchildren. They were both born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Steve and his family now reside in Woolwich Township, NJ.
Elders Ron & Marge Wilson
Ron and Marge Wilson were originally from Brookhaven Pennsylvania but moved to Mullica Hill New Jersey 32 years ago. Ron retired from Sun Oil Company after 32 years of service.
They accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior over 50 years ago! They attended Faith Baptist Church, Bible Covenant Church and Grace Bible Fellowship Church all in Pennsylvania. They were active in the latter church as deacons, serving in the choir and Ron was a member of the Men’s Quartet.
The Wilson’s, upon moving to New Jersey, became members of Lamb’s Road Assembly of God in Washington Township NJ for 20 years. Ron sang in the choir and also directed the choir for several years. Subsequently, they attended The Waters Community Worship Center for 6 years, where they served as deacons, ushers, greeters and on the prayer team. They have been associated with House of Praise since inception, and have served as Elders for the most recent 5 years.
The Wilson’s collective call to ministry is counseling, exhortation, administration and teaching. Marge has a strong gift of exhortation. Ron has musical gifts as well as the great gift of humor! They have been married for 50 years, live in Mullica Hill New Jersey, blessed with 5 children and 7 grandchildren.
Senior Deacon Bob Rocco
Bob Rocco accepted his Lord and Savior lounging around a pool in Wildwood, NJ, in 1977 and thought it would be a cake walk from there. Little did he know that the Lord had His own plans for his destiny and that his walk would not only be filled with great successes but also tremendous wilderness experiences. Both of which has molded him in to the servant of God he is becoming.
Married over 25 years to a most beautiful and gifted woman of God, Bonita, and has two anointed sons and powerful young men of God, Zachariah and Demetrios. Bob’s greatest successes are that of a devoted husband and father.
The first decision Bob and Bonita made on their marriage day was to always find and become a viable member of a Bible believing, Holy Spirit anointed fellowship where ever they lived. They have accomplished this with great reward and believe the best is yet to come.
Bob ministered as a Senior Deacon, Outreach Minister and Teacher of the Word in North Carolina while serving as an officer in the Marine Corps. Moving back to the Philadelphia Tri-State Area, Bob has served as a Board President of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church and member of several other anointed fellowships in South Jersey.
He has ministered on many occasions as a guest speaker at the Pitman Manor Methodist Home and Men’s Fellowship Breakfasts for the Gloucester County Group of Churches.
His desire to be used of God as a teacher/preacher and leader of Saints is his burning passion but is second to that of being a better son to our Father, husband to my Bonita and father to Zachariah and Demetrios!
Men's Ministry Director James Holmes
Jim Holmes has been associated with House of Praise from inception and is a dedicated man of God. He has a heart for the lost and a strong call for ministry. He has good vision for the Men of Honor.
Jim and his wife Toni live in New Jersey, have two married children and two grandchildren.
Lead Intercessor/Women's Ministry Director, Teresa Olivio
Teresa was born and raised in South Jersey. She been used as Sunday School Teacher and leader in a women’s Bible Study. She has sung in the choir and directed Vacation Bible School. She also been involved with youth ministry, directing a movie night, party’s and special events. She was also very effective in a Christian women’s health and exercise program.
Teresa has ministered in nursing homes and in home Bible study groups. She is currently on the prayer team in the Gloucester County Healing Rooms Ministry and acts in the role of Lead Intercessor in the “war room”.
She currently leads worship in flags and pageantry and also serves as the Lead Intercessor on the House of Praise Gap Force Intercessory Prayer Team.
She is very anointed in intercession and spiritual warfare. Many years ago, the Lord showed her her call was to intercessory prayer, healing, teaching, The Great Commission of Evangelism and most of all, to be a loving person.
She was married in 1966 and has three children. She works two businesses and resides in Mt. Ephraim New Jersey.
Children's Ministry Directors, Dan & Maryann Munyon
Mary Ann and Dan have about 20 years experience as Teachers of Children teaching all different ages throughout the years from nursery thru 8th grade. They were assistant Sunday School directors for approximately 5 years. They currently serve as the Directors of Children’s Ministries for House of Praise Ministries.
Mary Ann’s ministry call is teaching children and younger women. She is also used of God in the prophetic with prophetic visions. She is very gifted in intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare. She is given to hospitality, is a real “people person” and also functions powerfully as an encourager. Dan has the gift of prophecy, is creative and serves as a powerful support to his wife in the Children’s Ministry.
They were born in Philadelphia, PA. and have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. They reside in Pitman New Jersey.