Frank Santora would tell you that faith is a matter of the heart-his heart-which he gave to Christ when he was 14 years old. Since that time, Pastor Frank, as he is known to his congregation, has been on a path to lead megachurch Faith Church, in New Milford, Connecticut, where he has remained lead pastor for more than 16 years.
Pastor Frank has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business from Rutgers University, and is an ordained minister with the Rhema Bible Training Center. After college, he served as a young adult singles minister at Abundant Grace Fellowship of Tom's River, NJ, and worked at an accounting firm. However, he was continually awakened each night by the Holy Spirit, telling him that it was time to fulfill the full-time call to ministry. In 1993, Santora and his wife Lisa left their newly-built home and well-paying jobs in New Jersey and became assistant pastors at then-Bright Clouds Christian Church in Danbury, CT. By November 1997, he was appointed as lead pastor.
Since then, the evangelical church has been renamed Faith Church and has relocated to New Milford, surprising New Englanders with its rapid growth by increasing from just under 300 to more than 2,000 attendees each weekend at three different campuses (the newest which is located at 33rd St. and Park Ave. in NYC). Pastor Frank's preaching embodies the church motto, "Believe, Grow, Serve in Christ." He always seeks to present teaching series that are relevant to daily life, yet founded on biblical truth, such as "Sun Stand Still," "The New Normal," "Sexology," "Impossible," and "Shark Happens."
With clarity and vision, Santora presents the message that God can still bring meaning and purpose out of one's life, even when faced with insurmountable circumstances and difficult situations. He has been a motivational speaker for such groups as Amway, Durso Group, Century 21, Cartus, IBM International and has appeared on Trinity Broadcasting Network both as a guest and host, Atlanta Live, and WTNH's Good Morning Connecticut as well as several radio talk shows. His television show, "Destined to Win," airs weekly covering over 230 cities and towns throughout Connecticut and New York, helping people to discover the winner within themselves. He has written more than 125 songs and has just released a new CD album entitled, "Miracle." Both Santora and Faith Church have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Church Executive, Litchfield Magazine, and Creedibles.com. His book, "Turn it Around: A Different Direction for a New Life," was released by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster in June 2010, and his latest book, "After You Die: Unveiling the Mysteries of Heaven and the Afterlife," was released nationwide in September of 2012. As a way of giving back, Santora launched the Hope Foundation for Kids in 2010 which helps provide underprivileged children with both educational and athletic opportunties (www.hopefoundationfor kids.com).