The CHURCH of PHILADELPHIA
Reverend Dr. Saundra Hannibal
Elder & Lead Prayer Coordinator
I have been a member of the Church of Philadelphia for a number of years and I am known to many as Sister Sandy. Over the years I have taught recovering female addicts along with overseeing as Regional Director of “Building the Virtuous Temple Ministries (BVT), and former member of The Esther Ministries. Currently, I am director of an outside group of women, who go to the Philadelphia Prison on State Road every Wednesday evening to minister to the inmates. “ Women Speaking The Word”, has been a passion of mine for over twelve years and I thank God for His blessings.
At The Church of Philadelphia, under the tutelage of Pastor Carmine DiBiase, I am the Prayer Coordinator for Sunday morning prayer and I teach our Women’s Sunday School Bible Class, which I truly enjoy. I also coordinate our Women’s ministry called “Daughters Of Dorcas”, which meets the second Saturday of every month. Periodically, I may share the Word on Intercessory Prayer Night held on Thursday evenings.
I love my areas of service, to see the people of God learn, grow, and mature in the Lord. I am very passionate to serve the KING.
Joyce D'Amato Caporale
Elder & Lead Worshipper
In the late 1990’s, I was seeking a Bible-teaching church. The moment I walked into The Church Of Philadelphia, Pastor Carmine DiBiase greeted me with; “ Welcome, this is your Father’s house.” I knew I was home. From the very beginning, Pastor DiBiase’s sermons came right from the Word of God and I hungered for more. Soon after, our worship leader was moving outside the area and the church was in need of someone to replace her. Being a singer and knowing the current worship leader, made it easy for her to suggest that I may be a possible replacement. As I slowly moved into the position, with the guidance of Pastor DiBiase, I realized that God had prepared a place for me. There is nothing more fulfilling than to praise and worship our God in song. Along with our choir and musicians, we have worked together in unity, not to make us perfect, but to worship in Spirit for the glory and honor of God.
Over the past 20 years, under Pastor DiBiase’s teachings, no words can describe how he has changed my life by his commitment to serving The Lord. He never gets tired of doing all things decent and in order for God. As I look into the future, The Church of Philadelphia will remain strong because of the solid foundation that has been made over the years. Through prayer and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit, all being in one accord, God’s approval will be upon us. I have been given a gift! A gift of a dedicated Pastor and a multi-cultured church family that truly loves Christ.
Mart Joel B. Racca, Jr.
Elder, Youth Ministry & Music Ministry
Having grown up as a preacher's son and under the loving tutelage of a godly mother, I learned first-hand what it meant to be a part of a family of faith. I grew up to love the Lord more as I studied the Bible and learned more of His promises for me. He has been with me in times of sadness and joy, loss and triumph, fear and faith. I have come to know more about God's grace that is offered to all.
I have shared my ministry through teaching Vacation Bible School (VBS), Sunday School, Youth and Kids choir. I sing solo or sing with the choir and involve myself with several of our missions back in the Philippines.
It was year 1992, the month of August, when I walked through the doors of The Church of Philadelphia. I felt home, welcomed, and loved.
I am excited about the future and truly believe God is doing something special at The Church of Philadelphia. My prayer is that our church put aside all of our own personal plans, agenda, and perspectives, and become a place where the gospel of Jesus Christ lives, breathes, and loves.
God has great things in store for us if we will only follow His lead.