Meet the Staff

PASTORAL STAFF

Pastor RickSenior Pastor Richard Del Rio

Pastor Rick Del Rio is founder and Senior Pastor of Abounding Grace Ministries and has evangelized New York City for over 20 years. Creating the slogan “Jesus Loves You NY”, painted on a truck, he assembled servants and preachers to reach the lost. On 9/11, he was a spiritual bastion to relief workers at Ground Zero. He and Pastor Marcos Rivera spearheaded an evangelical coalition of churches called the Northeast Clergy Group.

Pastor Arlene Del Rio

Pastor Arlene Del Rio leads the Kidz Rock Ministry & Victorious Overcomers (Support Group). She teaches the gospel to kids and children in christ, respectively. Victorious Overcomers is open for all, even those who aren’t believers. For over 20 years Pastor Arlene has been a caring mom to countless youth and even adults.

 

Associate Pastor Louis A. Carlo

Rev. Louis A. Carlo is Associate Pastor at Abounding Grace Ministries. Prior to his ordination in December 2007, he served as a deacon, worship leader, youth leader and site director for the afterschool program, Xpress. Pastor Louis graduated from Nyack College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible and Social Work. He has also earned two master’s degrees from Alliance Theological Seminary – one in Old Testament Studies and the other in Urban Ministry. Currently, he is working on his Doctor of Ministry in Global Leadership. Louis is happily married to his wife, Lorena Barrezueta Carlo. They are the proud parents of their son, Joaquin Luis.


OFFICE STAFF

Communications Director, Christian F. Monzón

Christian F. Monzón was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where he lived for the first ten years of his childhood.  As a youngster, he had the opportunity to assist his Uncle Henry on Metro Assembly of God’s Yogi Bear Sunday School outreach trucks, which brought safe games and activities, along with The Word, to children and families in some of Brooklyn’s most challenged, and challenging, neighborhoods.
At the age of ten, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he and his father became active members of the Victory World Outreach, immersing themselves in church life.  Through his membership on the drama team, sound ministry, and outreach teams, as well as regular attendance at youth ministry events, the church quickly became his second home.
Upon his return to the Lower East Side in 2001, he met and married his beautiful wife, Jennifer; together, they are the proud parents of a smart, beautiful, fun, and funny daughter. And, an incredibly handsome and spirited son who was born during Superstorm Sandy. He has an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) and with the support of his family, he is completing his studies in Sociology (B.A.) and Religious Studies (B.A.), respectively, at Brooklyn College (CUNY).
As a member of Abounding Grace Ministries for over seven years, he has been on the drama team; taught children’s Sunday School; served in the Apple’s Core Coffee House Homeless Ministry; served as an organizer and teacher at the Generation X-Cel summer program (a project run in partnership with Kids with a Promise); and he also served as the Assistant Director of Adult Education from 2009 – 2013, overseeing the Firm Foundation Bible classes. In March 2012, he renewed his commitment to AGM, by accepting the call to join the staff as the church’s Communications Director.

He also currently has the honor of serving as a chaplain with the New York State Chaplains Task Force.