John DiCicco with his wife Jasmin.
John DiCicco has been appointed the new pastor of the Snells Beach Baptist church.
Pastor DiCicco, 25, was welcomed to the church during an induction service led by Northern Baptist regional leader Reti Ah-Voa on June 27.
Pastor DiCicco is from Illinois and a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He has a Master of Arts degree in biblical and theological studies.
He previously worked in the Bay of Plenty and East Cape with the Youth With A Mission organisation, where he met his wife, Jasmin.
Jasmin also went on to study at Moody and has a degree in Ministry to Women.
Pastor DiCicco studied biblical languages – Greek and Hebrew – for his undergraduate degree and has a keen interest in languages generally and hopes to soon start learning Te Reo.
He says he was attracted to Snells Beach Baptist because of its faithfulness to scripture, its emphasis on prayer and its desire for outreach.
Pastor DiCicco replaces Pastor Nathan Friedt, who returned to Canada for family reasons.