Pastor Raphael Giglio
Raphael Giglio is currently the Interim Senior Pastor at Zarephath Christian Church. He is passionately devoted to the Word of God and enjoys communicating the scriptures from the pulpit for listeners to take home and apply. Raphael also enjoys teaching the midweek ZCC Bible Study, digging deep into Bible texts with open discussion. Raphael also continues to serve as Pastor of Worship at Zarephath Christian Church, drawing from his vast experience as a Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist. Raphael’s wife Aly is also a Singer/Songwriter and Worship Leader at ZCC. They have been blessed with twin daughters and live in Basking Ridge, NJ.
Raised as the tenth child and youngest son in an Italian/Jewish family of twelve children, Raphael began leading worship and Bible Studies at a very young age. He studied at both Rutgers University and Somerset Christian College where he majored in Journalism, Mass Media and Organizational Leadership.
Raphael moved to Nashville, TN in 1994 to sign with Myrrh Records as a Contemporary Christian Artist and to work with legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy. He returned briefly to New Jersey to become a Microsoft Certified Professional for AT&T in New York City. He later moved back to Nashville to become a manager for Capitol Records and has since worked in various positions within the Music Industry and Christian Ministries.
In 1999, Raphael left the corporate side of music to tour nationally and internationally as a solo artist. When he returned, he was ordained as a Pastor along with Michael W. Smith to plant the New River Fellowship Church in Franklin, TN. There he served for six years as Pastor, Teacher, and Worship Leader before returning to his home state of NJ in 2006 to help build Zarephath Christian Church.
With a passion for Israel and his fellow Jewish people, Raphael enjoys teaching the Hebrew Roots of Christianity and has led many trips to Israel. Raphael and Aly enjoy performing regularly on the East Coast and currently serve as worship leaders at Chosen People Ministries in Brooklyn, NY, The Ocean Grove Great Auditorium, and other area events.
2 Ministry Center Drive
Zarephath, NJ 08890
ZCC is a Ministry of Pillar of Fire International