of elders
a little about our elders

Kenneth F. Barachko

Since January 23, 1983

Kenneth F. Barachko

My name is Kenneth Barachko. I live with my wife, Charilyn in Washington Township, N.J. for approximately 25 years. We have 3 sons- Kenneth Mark, Jeffrey, and Brian, who all live locally. We have 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. I am a retired emergency room nurse, having worked at Kennedy and Cooper Hospitals. Prior to that, I was in retail management. I received collegiate degrees from Camden County College and Rutgers University.

I enjoy long walks with our dog, target shooting and visits to seashore towns. My wife and I also enjoy dining on Chinese and Italian cuisines. I received Jesus as my Savior as a pre-teen, and was filled with the Holy Spirit as a young teenager. I have also served as an elder at the Rock Church for over 30 years. I have many favorite Scriptures, but, perhaps my all-time favorite is Psalm 91. I love being able to minister to people in church both publicly and privately and hope to continue to do so.


Carl E. Mire

Since November 24, 1991

Carl E. Mire

Carl Mire was born and raised in Gonzales, Louisiana. He resided there with his wife Connie, and his two children Chad & Tonya (Fellona) until 1986. In 1986, Carl went out from the borders of his comfort zone into the East Coast in search of employment as an Ironworker. God closed every door to employment in Louisiana from the summer of 1985 to the summer of 1986. Carl & several other men traveled up north originally to work on a coliseum in Worcester, Massachusetts. Only we know now that God had other plans.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 God’s plans were for him to be employed in New Jersey and serve God at The Rock Church. Carl is still a strong New Orleans Saints & LSU Louisiana State University fan, even though geography would disagree and he loves fishing.

He is currently serving as an Elder at The Rock Church, since 1991 and has been a member since 1987. He was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in 2005. He has enjoyed serving Lord at The Rock Church in many capacities over the years such as being a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Counter, & presently Director of Healing Rooms.

Carl has retired after 43 years from his full time occupation as an Iron Worker. He has been married to Connie Mire for 44 years. He is blessed with two children, one married son, Chad & daughter-in-law Erika and one married daughter, Tonya & son-in-law Michael. He has been given a double blessing of four precious grandchildren, Silas 11, Rosie 9, Ella, 8, & Jonathan 4.


Albert E. Banks

Since June 2, 1996

Albert E. Banks

Al Banks was born and raised in South Jersey. Growing up in West Deptford, he currently lives in Pitman, NJ with his wife Cindy and their children, Eric, Kaileen & Nathan. After touring all over Europe as a young man, he came back to New Jersey and took a job at Path-Mark which ended up being a 30 year stint. He now works as a Service Team Leader at Wegman’s in Mt. Laurel N.J. Al and Cindy were married on Oct. 26th 1991. They lived in Woodbury until they purchased their current home in Pitman. Al’s passions are music and reading and following the prophetic stream of the Body of Christ for many years. His favorite vacation spots are Ocean City, NJ and they have traveled to Hawaii & Europe six times!

He and Cindy first visited The Rock Church in 1990. He says “As soon as I entered the door I felt the strong presence of the love of the Lord and we never left!” He and Cindy have been here at The Rock Church for almost 30 years! In October of 1994, Al was set in as a Deacon and on June 2nd 1996 he was ordained as an Elder. Al has been on the Rock Church Worship team for over 25 years as our keyboard player! He is currently one of the Worship Team Leaders.

One of his favorite scriptures is Isaiah 66: 1-2 “The Lord says ‘Heaven is my Throne, and Earth is my footstool. Where then is a house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being? Declares the Lord. This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”


William M. Metzgar

Since October 15, 2006

William M. Metzgar

I was born December 25, 1942, graduated High School 1960 then I entered the United States Air Force from 1960-1964 and got married in August 1965. Received an Associate in Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force in Disaster Preparedness Graduated from Glassboro State College 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Dual certifications in Elementary Ed. and Teacher of the Handicapped Received a Master of Arts in Education with certification in Educational Technology 200.

I've been married for 53 years, I have two daughters and five Grandchildren, taught in New Jersey Public Schools for thirty five years 1969-2004 and Served in the Air National Guard for 22 Years 1980-2002 now retired for 14 years.

Born and raised in a Christian home, the church I attended was not spirit filled. As a person filled by the Holy Spirit in 1972, I began attending a church in Clayton, NJ from 1976-1990 I Taught Sunday School, served on the Church Board of Administration as an advisor to the Nursery School. I Moved to Victory AG church in 1990 and attended there until 1996 where I Served on the Church Board. I started at the Rock Church in 1996 to the present and served as an Elder from October 2006 to the present.


Chris Peale

Since October 8, 2013

Chris Peale

I'm currently living in Pitman, NJ, with my wife Karen of almost 28 wonderful years of marriage. I have been in the delivery business in varying positions for almost 30 years. Currently, I am working as a branch manager for a large delivery company. I'm lucky enough to have an office only 15 minutes from my home.

We are blessed to have two awesome grown children, who have begun their life journeys, and no longer live at home (at least for now). They both are serving the Lord or are waiting for their next step. Holly is 25. She is recently married and living in Virginia, working on her master’s degree in non profit management. She hopes to run a rescue home for women as the Lord directs. No grandchildren yet, but we expect in the next few years we will enter a new phase of life as grandparents. Shawn is almost 23 and single for any young Godly ladies who would want to look him up. He is a worship director at a midsized church in central PA, and also writing a lot of worship music. He desires to tour the world leading worship. What a beautiful desire.

The Rock Church has been our home church since early in our marriage. We found it by accident, and desired to see more after Pastor Don had a prophetic word for us by name the first time we visited. The amazing thing about that is he had never seen us before and did not know who we were. God’s power is awesome. That is the reason we started going but not the reason we stayed. The Rock Church has always had a family atmosphere and the spiritual direction has always been on point. I have never seen any church with the balance of operational spiritual gifts as the Rock has. I know if you visited us here you would draw the same conclusion.

At this time, I am an elder at the Rock Church, but ministry of varied types has been a part of my wife’s and my life since early adulthood. I started doing work as a youth leader in a couple of different churches and para church ministries in my late teens, and later my wife joined me as a leader and many years as a counselor at a Christian Camp. Our kids have continued to hold the tradition, as we have gotten too old to keep up with teenagers. Although I still try even now, I do not miss many opportunities for a pick up game of football or softball, and try to keep in shape by running and working out. What does the bible say? Physical exercise profits little. But it does profit some.

Around the time we got married, we hosted a church singles group, where both Karen and I got to teach regularly. As we have gotten older, that seems to be the place that I am being used, and hope that God has more for my wife in the future as she is a gifted teacher. We are excited and expectant to see what God has planned for us and this church. For now I will continue in my life’s Faith, Family, Food and Football. (the last two are interchangeable), and wait for the Lords next trials and blessings. We know they will both come. We will get through with His strength. My favorite verse has always been Phil 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.



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