- A center for unceasing prayer.
- A multi campus bilingual church of thousands in greater Hartford.
- Every week to see individuals experience healing, deliverance, and salvation.
- To be the kind of church that cultivates Christians who have a peace that passes understanding, a joy that is unspeakable, and a grace that inspires.
- To boldly declare, as Jesus did, the gospel to the poor, healing for the brokenhearted, deliverance to the captives, sight for the blind, liberty to the bruised.
- Through a family life center offer classes for seniors, adults, youth, and children that help each see their full potential (spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally) realized.
- A place where excellent education begins at pre-school and continues through higher education, serving our community and the apostolic movement.
- A network of over 100 churches, centered in greater hartford led by ministries birthed at the pentecostals reaching around the world.
Our Ministry Team
Pastor Jon W. Petoskey
A devoted husband and father, our Pastor demonstrates the heart of a servant leader who is committed to life long learning. He is a graduate of Indiana Bible College (Associates of Arts, Theology), Albertus Magnus College (Bachelors of Science, Business Administration), and Eastern Connecticut State University (Masters of Science, Organizational Management). He has served on the Connecticut District Board of the United Pentecostal Church International for the past 13 years, as our Pastor for the past 23 years, and in pulpit ministry for 31 years. A mentor to many in ministry, his favorite mentoring activity is coaching our youth Bible quizzing teams. He enjoys serving a variety of entrepreneurs and businesses as a consultant, sunny days on a golf course, adventures with Alyssa, and weekly dates with his Love.
Senior Pastor shared our 2018 theme "PRESS" as an admonition from the Spirit of God for the Church this year. This hour in human history calls every believer to PRESS in the talents, gifts, resources and opportunities that God has placed in their life. We must not be lukewarm, lackadaisical, or lacking in Oil at this moment; neither can we be distracted, divided, or discouraged. If there is one thing we must do at this hour, we must PRESS!
Dr. Indira Petoskey - Executive Pastor
Dr. Indira Petoskey is the first lady and executive pastor of The Pentecostals of Greater Hartford. She also teaches the Hyphen Sunday School class. A native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, she came to Connecticut in 2002 following four years of service at Indiana Bible College and Calvary Tabernacle in Indianapolis, Indiana.
She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Educational Administration and a Master of Science degree in Technology Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has undergraduate degrees in Business Education, English Education and Theology. Presently she is the Assistant Dean in the Office of Continuing Studies and Enhanced Learning at Eastern Connecticut State University, an adjunct faculty member at Capital Community College, an instructor for Wilson University in Elk Grove, California, and a member of the Board of Directors for Urshan Graduate School of Theology and Urshan College in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Petoskey has worked in higher education for the past 21 years in a variety of capacities, including as a professor, student development specialist, dean of distance learning, computer lab director, coordinator of the Intercultural center, director of student support collaborative and intercultural affairs, and as vice president of student affairs and institutional research/development.
Dr. Petoskey is very involved in her local community where she mentors high school and college age students. She serves as a Commissioner on the Hartford Commission of Refugees and Immigrant Affairs. And alongside her husband, she is the foster mom to two adult daughters who have given them six granddaughters. Her care for the spiritual well being of her church family and others, her direct approach, clear teaching, and anointed preaching are trademarks of her leadership at the Pentecostals of Greater Hartford.
Dr. Petoskey loves to read and go on long walks, but her favorite past time is to go on family dates with her best friend and number one husband in the world, Reverend Jon W. Petoskey, and their beautiful daughter, Alyssa Rose Petoskey.
Reverend Daniel Odum
Daniel was born into a large Pentecostal family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, Wayne Odum, a minister licensed with the United Pentecostal Church International, felt a call of God to go to the East Coast in 1973. He and his wife, Phyllis Jane, moved their family of 11 children to Connecticut to start a church. There is a heritage of faith and many testimonies of God's miraculous power and blessing woven into the fabric of Daniel's early life through the experiences this faithful family had during those years.
He was baptized in Jesus' name as a boy and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Because of his strong faith in the word of truth, even as a teen, Daniel was instrumental in the discipling and, ultimately, the conversion of his girlfriend, whom he met in 1986. Wendy McIntosh, a native to Connecticut, was baptized in Jesus' name in February of 1989, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost in August of that same year. The couple married in July of 1990 and now have two beautiful children, Kyle and Karah. Through the years, they have worked together to serve God in the ministry.
Daniel has spent most of his life in the northeastern corner of Connecticut, as a result of the church his late father founded. This is where he received the call of God on his own life and pursued his local and general ministerial licenses with the UPCI. His ministry over sixteen years has included serving as assistant pastor, Youth leader, Bible teacher and preacher. In the Connecticut District of the United Pentecostal Church he has filled the roles of Sunday School Secretary, Sunday School Director, and currently serves as the Junior Bible Quizzing Coordinator.
In January of 2005, the Odum family began attending the Pentecostals of East Hartford. A loving, devoted husband and father, Daniel is concerned about the success of relationships within the families of the church body. While teaching, it is his desire to shed light upon the Word so people may apply it in a useful and practical way to their lives.
Born and raised in Connecticut's "Quiet Corner", Wendy was instructed in the ways of God from an early age. As a young girl, she was disciplined to read the Bible and to pray daily, cultivating within her a yearning to please God. As the years of her childhood passed, that desire to know God in a deeper way continued to gnaw within her spirit.
Finally, during her teenage years in 1989, she visited the Pentecostal Lighthouse in Dayville, CT. Here, she was introduced to the "missing pieces" she had searched for all her life. Through the weeks of the patient teaching of Pastor Mark Odum, the revelation of the oneness of God in Jesus Christ at last dawned on her. In the winter of 1990, she was baptized in Jesus' name. She began praying for the gift of the Holy Ghost, as well, and God filled her with His Spirit that same summer. At last, peace with God!
The year 1990 marked another important and life-changing event in Wendy's life: her marriage to Daniel Odum, her high school sweetheart. The two young Christians began their lifelong journey of service to God together.
Over the years, Wendy's experience working for God in the local church ranged from Sunday School Superintendant to janitorial work. Early on, she eagerly involved herself in the work of God wherever needed. Among the ministries she participated in were the worship team, Sunday School, Superchurch for Kids, and Youth Group.
On a District level, Wendy joined with her husband to serve the Connecticut churches through the Sunday School department. Junior Camp and Bible Quizzing were two of the highlights in this area of service where they were privileged to work. Serving together with the people of the Connecticut District further rooted and solidified within Wendy the commitment to the efforts to propagate this great Truth.
In recent years, Wendy has served in outreach efforts including a community ministry called, Kids Connect, which focused on reaching children with the love and truth of Jesus Christ. Presently, Wendy serves the Pentecostals of Greater Hartford as a member of the ministry board and as a teacher of Roots, an introductory Bible course for new members.
Wendy's greatest joy has been to raise the two beautiful blessings from God she and Daniel have been given. Their son, Kyle, was born in 1996, followed closely by the birth of their daughter, Karah, in 1997. As a homeschool mom, Wendy views this vital ministry in the home as an opportunity to serve God, her family, and her church. To raise children in the knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ is perhaps the most fulfilling privilege she has yet known.
Ben Castro came to the United States at the age of twelve from Humana, Puerto Rico. He was raised and grew up in a traditional Catholic home. He is a graduate of Hartford Public High School and pursued further vocational training at a trade school. As he grew older with a wondering heart he began to read and study the Bible more and more. His searching led him to a nondenominational church where he attended for nine years and was a Bible Institute student. During his years attending there he served in a variety of roles, including musician, board member, usher, and youth helper. Ben married his lovely wife, Evelyn, in 1974 and they were blessed with two wonderful sons, Benjamin and David. God has also blessed them with a beautiful granddaughter, Mellenia.
In 1999, a friend invited Ben and Evelyn to a service at The Pentecostals. The church family here at The Pentecostals quickly became their spiritual family. He was baptized by immersion in the name of Jesus and soon after received the gift of the Holy Ghost. That experience transformed his life! As he has grown in Christ he has served The Pentecostals in a variety of capacities. Ben and Evelyn together coordinated the Singles Ministry for several years, he has also served as an Usher, the Head Usher, and musician. Currently, he is on our pastoral staff and a musician. He responded to God's call into the ministry in 2004 under our Senior Pastor's leadership. He has clearly felt for several years a calling to minister to the Hispanic community of greater Hartford. Los Pentecostales holds a weekly Celebration services at 11:00 am every Sunday and offers home bible study meetings during the week.
Reverend Jennifer Aborjoe
Jennifer Wade was born in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the United States with her mother and three brothers when she was eleven years of age. She then moved to Connecticut on September 21, 1977. She works at Hartford Hospital where she is a constant witness of the work God has done in her life.
Her relationship with God really began in 1999 when she gave her life to God soon after her two daughters, Zakiya and Charmaine, who had received the gift of the Holy Ghost on Pentecost Sunday of that year in their first visit to The Pentecostals. She received the gift of the Holy Ghost at a Connecticut District Crusade Service in Waterbury in June 1999 and was then baptized at The Pentecostals. Her life was radically changed from that day and she continues to grow in Christ. Her passion is to present the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the testimony of how it has changed her life.
Jennifer has coordinated the Nursing Home Ministry for several years, is a Sunday School Teacher, a personal Bible Study teacher, and serves on the Pastoral ministry team.
John Cadasse Jr.
John Cadasse Jr., a native of St. Croix, VI, was baptized in Jesus Name and received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost as a boy. He moved to Florida as a teenager with his Aunt and Uncle. In Tallahassee, John graduated from Florida A & M University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. While working with the U.S. Border Patrol Agency in Texas, John felt a call from God in 2009. Sensing this different direction from God, John moved to Connecticut where his sister, Dr. Indira Petoskey, lived. John was refilled with the Holy Ghost in August 2009. God blessed his life with Wildine Nathan, whom he married after her graduation from ECSU, they were joined in holy matrimony in June 2010. God has blessed their marriage with two daughters, Indira and Elizabeth. John serves on the Pastoral ministry team, the Financial and Church Board, and as the Treasurer of The Pentecostals. He and his wife continue to serve the Lord with a burning passion and desire for the Lord to use them in any capacity. They have a made up mind to see their Jesus someday!
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