Leadership Team

Joe Pellegrino

JOE PELLEGRINO, Executive Director

Joe is the Publisher of Life & Leisure, LLC, a bi-weekly local publication circulating to 49,500 in northern New Jersey and also serves as Director and founder of Legacy Minded Men, a ministry to raise up Godly men. He served as the Chaplain for the New Jersey Jackals baseball team for 11 years as well as an elder at Hawthorne Gospel Church for 7 years. He co-authored the book Safe at Home, published by Moody Press in 1993. Joe developed and presents the seminar Not Just An Average Joe. Joe and his wife, Bethanne, have three children. Their family resides in Wayne, NJ.

Lee Rouson

LEE ROUSON, Ambassador

Lee graduated from the University of Colorado where he played for Coach Bill McCartney. Lee was the 4th all-time leading rusher at Colorado from 1980 - 84. Lee was a key factor in turning the Colorado program around to become a National Champion. Lee was drafted by the New York Giants and played under Bill Parcells for six years and won two Super Bowl rings while he played for the Giants. Lee's Professional football career was brought to an end as a result of ankle injury. His final year in the NFL was as a starting Full Back and Tight End with the Cleveland Browns under Coach Bill Belichick. Lee serves as Northern Jersey State Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Pro Speaker for Sports World Ministries, and Associate Pastor for New Horizon Community Church in Harlem, New York. Lee works tirelessly throughout the community encouraging everyone from the youth to the elderly with the message of Hope. Lee and his wife, Lisa, have 4 children.

Jim Henry

JIM HENRY, Pastoral Care

Rev. Dr. Jim Henry is one of the founding members of Legacy Minded Men. Jim was saved in July 1972 and began in ministry September of that year. He is a native of Worcester, MA and has been in New Jersey since 1978. Jim is the Founder and President of James Henry Counseling and The Life Givers Network® which is his passion. He was the Area Director for The 700 Club for 7 years, has been a Pastor, planted a church, served a short term mission in Indonesia, has taught at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, and has spoken at various churches and seminars. Jim’s ministry through Life Givers has already reached into 29 states and several foreign countries. Jim is married to Judy and between them they have 6 children and 7 grandchildren.

Eric Butler

ERIC BUTLER, Pastoral Advisor

Eric Butler serves as Senior Pastor of Christian International Church in Lincoln Park, NJ, a strong, growing, multi-racial, and non-denominational congregation. Pastor Butler is an impacting voice in the Northeast region, the United States, and the nations of the world serving as a prophetic presbyter with apostolic teams. He is used as a vessel as the word of the Lord, through him, has birthed new churches, restored existing ones, and brought many to salvation. He is also recognized for his fiery preaching, revelatory teaching, and prophetic ministry through the Song of the Lord and the Spoken Word. He and his wife, Pastor Iris, have three daughters and reside in Englewood, NJ.

Morgan Burklow


Morgan serves on leadership committees of Jacksonville Chapel, Sports and Men’s Ministry Teams, and Emergence Church, Benevolence Team. Morgan also leads men of all ages through bible studies and community projects out of his home in Pompton Plains, NJ.

Bill Brucella


Bill is an Information Technology executive for a financial services investment and retirement advisor. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and has held various IT positions in the New York City area for 30+ years. Bill has worked in a variety of ministry roles including children and teen Sunday School Teacher, Men’s bible study leader and deacon. He is currently involved in supporting the Jericho Road Homeless Shelter, Street2Street Basketball and is a Missional Community leader at Emergence Church of Totowa. Bill is happily married for 25 years to his wife, Theresa, who also serves as a Missional Community Leader at Emergence. They have three children, Will, (now gainfully employed, yeah!), Andrew and Giana, both attending college.

Joe Silva

JOE SILVA, Director

Joe is a 1991 graduate of Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has been employed in Medical Sales since 1993 as a Divisional Sales Manager for Dynasplint Systems, Inc. Since 2008 he has been the acting Business Manager for Michael Franzese Ministries. Joe has also served Legacy Minded Men since its inception. He is Happily Married since 1992 to his wife, Marianne and they both serve as Missional Community Leaders at Emergence, in Totowa, NJ. They have three children, Holly, Ashley and Joey and live in Wayne, NJ.

Juan Garcia


Rev Juan Garcia is a very diverse minister. He is the founder and primary consultant for Juan Garcia Enterprises, an empowerMENt moveMENt geared towards mentorship. He is a Certified Professional Coach with the International Foundation of Coaches and serves as a mentor/counselor to the NBA and NFL. Juan is also a member of the National Speakers Association, a City Coordinator for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. He has been married to Deborah since 1996 and together have 2 children; Jordan and Hannah.

Tom Grieco

TOM GRIECO, Director

Tom was employed at Genentech Inc. for nearly 25 years. While at Genentech, he served in a variety of senior leadership roles focused on managed care, distribution and reimbursement for their biologic portfolio. After the completion of the company’s merger with Roche in 2010, he decided to pursue other interests. Tom is now evaluating different consulting opportunities, while at the same time increasing his participation in a variety of Christ-centered ministries that he is involved with. He has been happily married to his wife Cheryl for 26 years and is the proud father of their daughter, Alyssa and son, Andrew. Their family resides in Mahwah, NJ.

Frank Tirrito


Frank has been in the telecommunications industry for over 35 years and is currently a Project Manager for one of the largest electrical and communications companies in New York City. Frank is a member of Hawthorne Gospel Church and serves as a Deacon as well as leading several ministries at HGC. Frank is happily married to his wife Elaine and between them they have 4 children and two grandchildren.

George Venarchik


George is co-owner and founder of Brothers Carpet & Flooring in Hackensack, NJ where he serves on the executive board of the Main Street Alliance. George also serves on the board of Life Givers Network as well as various prayer ministries of Legacy Minded Men. George and his wife Jeanette are involved in Operation Christmas child year round and they reside in Franklin Lakes, NJ. They have 2 grown sons and a daughter-in-law in Chicago.

Eugene Howell


Gene is an 8 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a 2005, summa cum laude graduate of Monroe College in Bronx NY. Gene is a member of Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society and earned his MBA from Monroe College in 2012. Gene has served the Kingdom of God in various ministry areas. He currently serves as a department coordinator at Christian International Church, Lincoln Park, NJ. His responsibilities include teaching School of the Bible and membership classes, overseeing small group, technology and media ministries. Gene currently resides in Teaneck, NJ with his wife Bonnie and son. He also has two adult daughters who also reside in New Jersey.

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