Rev. Steven J. and Melissa Martino have been married and faithfully serving the Lord in urban ministry for the past 12 years. They have three beautiful children Steven, Alyssa and Jocelyn.
Pastor Steven is a native Staten Islander and a pastors kid having grown up in his parents' church Circle of Love. He served there under his father, the late Rev. Steven Martino and the church's current leader, his mother, Pastor Iraida Martino.
After graduating college, Pastor Steven went to Mexico and South- East Asia as a missionary before finally becoming a youth pastor in urban Detroit. Pastor Melissa was a professional interior designer and a mentor to young women. After returning to New York, Pastor Steven entered the business world on Wall Street and became a successful options trader. In 2004, he felt the Lord leading him and Melissa to start Urban Harvest Church which began in their home with another couple.
The prodigal in me: You’re Not alone
Date Posted: January 25, 2012
Now hear this: You are not alone!
Got that. No? Let me say it again, You Are Not Alone! No matter where you are, what you’re doing, you are never alone. Right now I’m at a pastors prayer conference, yet in the midst of praying and talking and fellowshipping... I feel alone. Feeling lonely is a terrible thing. But not feeling just lonely, that sense of being alone. You can be around a million people and still feel alone. Ask any New Yorker, that feeling of being alone comes from within. You know what I mean? Like nobody understands you; like Nobody is going through what you’re going through. Your pain and problems are different than everyone else’s. Alone.
But here’s the thing... You’re not alone. You’ll never be alone. You’re not suffering alone, or living alone. God is with you. As a matter a fact He has always been with you...
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Pastor Steve J. Martino & Wife Melissa