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On January 9, 2008, ArchBishop was elected the second Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. He is well known in the New York Metropolitan area as a voice of unity among the churches. He is President of Bridges of New York, an outreach to people in transition from jail or prison. ArchBishop Bates and his wife, Cathy, have been married for over 40 years. Together they have three grown children – Joel, Katie and Sarah. They have nine grandchildren. ArchBishop Craig graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Franconia College. He graduated with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College. He has a M. Div. from the General Theological Seminary, New York, New York.

ArchBishop Craig Bates

ArchBishop Bates serves as the Patriarch of the ICCEC. He served as the Senior Pastor at Intercessor for over 20 years. As Bishop, Intercessor is his home church. Hover over his image to learn more!

Brett was ordained to the Diaconate in 1999 and later to the Priesthood in 2006. He has served God in numerous roles over the years. These include; Youth Pastor, Substance Abuse Counselor, Motorcycle Chaplin, Social Action Coordinator and Worship Leader. He’s also is the Vice-President of Bridges of New York, a Christian prison ministry and transitional housing program for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. He is blessed to serve under ArchBishop Craig Bates; the very same man who led him to Christ well over 20 years ago. As Senior Pastor, Fr. Brett oversees the weekend experience and implementing strategies for discipleship and church growth. Fr. Brett and Laurie Ann are blessed to be raising two children, Trinity and Aidan. He enjoys golf, running, reading, music, and all things outdoors

Fr. Brett Crompton

Father Brett is the Senior Pastor at Intercessor. He delivers the weekend message and strategizes church growth. Hover over his image to learn more!

The Venerable Reverend Ralph L. LeGrand was born in Queens, New York. He has been married to Jamie for 27 years and they have 4 children. Professionally, he has been employed at Con Edison for over 30 years. Archdeacon Ralph has attended the Cathedral Church of the Intercessor since 1994. He was ordained to the Deaconate in 2005. He graduated St. Michael's Seminary in 2009. He was appointed as the Patriarch's Archdeacon in 2015. While the Archdeacon has served in various ministries at the Cathedral, he currently oversees the liturgical functions of the church as well as the Stewardship Ministry, Confirmation and Pastoral Care. Archdeacon Ralph has had the honor of serving the Patriarch across the globe in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa ministering alongside the leaders and families of Charismatic Episcopal Church abroad.

AD Ralph LeGrand

Archdeacon oversees discipleship development and faith education at Intercessor. Hover over his image to learn more!

Eddie Pirro’s life before Christ was characterized by depression, anxiety, many forms of bondage to sin and the suicidal ideation that arises out of profound hopelessness. However, after encountering the love of God in the Person of Jesus, Eddie was brought to spiritual life to begin his personal journey of victory over darkness. Eddie’s service to the Church began in the year 2000 as a facilitator of Overcomers, a 12-step recovery program for Christians with life-controlling behaviors. Ordained to the Deaconate in 2013, Eddie has continued his discipleship ministries as a facilitator of Bible Study, the Alpha Program and work with young adults. He remains committed to seeing the lost saved and the saved sanctified. His primary ministry remains to his wife Dorene and his four children; Nicolette, Dylan, Arianna and Kylie.

Dn. Eddie Pirro

Deacon Eddie shepherds pastoral and community care ministries at Intercessor. Hover over his image to learn more!

Fr. Joe Ciccarello and his wife Melanie came to Intercessor Church as newlyweds in May of 1989 and since then has been serving the people of Intercessor. After completing a Masters degree in Communication Studies at Regent University, he and his wife, Melanie, worked for the 700 Club until he was hired by the Georgia-based Michael J. Guido Evangelistic Association where he worked as a program engineer. Fr. Joe and Melanie married in April of 1989 and returned to New York to fill the position of the Director of Creative Arts at Intercessor. Since that time Fr. Joe has produced numerous musicals and 6 choir CDs that have shared the Gospel through song on Long Island, the New York area, and around the world. In 1998, he was ordained. Fr. Joe and Melanie have four children: Joseph, Adam, Caris, and Gabriel.

Fr. Joe Ciccarello

Father Joe organizes and manages the music team and audio/visual production for the weekend experience. Hover over his image to learn more!

Selena is a member of Intercessor along with her husband, Spencer Rohde. She is a graduate of the Macaulay Honor’s College at Brooklyn College with degrees in History, Secondary Education and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. After working as a reading and bilingual language tutor in Manhattan and Brooklyn she moved to Nassau County and now works full time at Intercessor. Believing the principle that success is measured by how many people are better off because you lived, Selena and her husband are passionate about being contributors to their families and Intercessor’s growth in any way God chooses to use them. Selena enjoys hiking, camping, reading, traveling, entrepreneurial pursuits and trying something new!

Selena Rohde

As Executive Assistant to the senior pastor, Selena is the go-to person for ministry support, inquiries, and day-to-day operations at Intercessor. Hover over her image to learn more!

Susan Rohde has been a member of the Church of the Intercessor since 1996 along with her husband, Michael, and their three children, Tyler, Spencer and Mackenzie. She became actively involved in many different ministries including three years as a counselor of the GEMS Girls group before becoming the Coordinator of the GEMS ministry in 2005. Now Susan oversees IntercessorKids! She worked for over twenty years as a legal secretary and then 10 years as an office manager of a Jewish Temple before coming on staff at as the Office Manager at Intercessor in August of 2009. Susan's interests include reading, biking, upholstery, sewing, and any and all things creative!

Susan Rohde

As the Office Manager, Susan manages internal administrative responsibilities as well as all things IntercessorKids! Hover over her image to learn more!

Hayley Nelson grew up at Intercessor Church! Now living out of state with her husband and daughter, Hayley manages Intercessor’s social media platforms and communications. Hayley’s spiritual formation is rooted in the discipleship she received from many at Intercessor. “My deepest friendships came from being at church. The Intercessor Church family and the way in which we worship God is foundational to how God has revealed Himself to me in a real and tangible way at a young age.” Hayley's interests include fitness, hiking, playing sports, listening to fun music, and enjoying good food with great company!

Hayley Nelson

As Director of Communications, Hayley manages Intercessor social media platforms and church-wide communications. Hover over her image to learn more!

John was introduced to Intercessor Church by a member who wanted me to come to a CRAVE service. He told him thanks, but not now. His friend persisted for three months and then finally John said okay. When he walked in, he immediately sensed in my spirit that he was home! He was eager to serve and became an acolyte, crucifer and then assistant to the deacon. He now facilitates a Communities in Christ small group. John began serving as a host on the online campus in 2020. He fell in love with serving in that capacity. Shortly thereafter I was asked to lead Intercessor’s CHOP (Church Online Platform). John's wife, Filomena, and his two sons, John and Joseph each served in some capacity at Intercessor. "I am blessed beyond measure to be part of the Intercessor family!"

John O'Sullivan

As head of the Online Campus and online community, John may be the one you first engage with on our church online platform. Hover over his image to learn more!

Chris Rogers

Native to Long Island and active in the music scene, Chris Rogers grew up at Intercessor Church as a young child to where he is now!

Mary Person

A long time member and leader of Intercessor church. Mary has the gift of healing the pain that comes with life. Her leader of Stephen's Ministry has brought freedom to countless men and women.

Dn. John Garrett

In January 2005 John Garrett retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army and was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral Church of the King in Olathe, Kansas. In July 2008 he moved to New York to be Archbishop administrator for the ICCEC.