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Mike and Anne Rizzo were born and raised in Buffalo, New York, committing their lives to Christ as young adults in 1975. They met one another while attending Elim Bible Institute in Rochester, NY and were married in 1981. From 1982 to 2003, they served the Lord in full time ministry: as an Assistant Pastor in a large congregation for 10 years in Orchard Park, NY, and then as Senior Pastor of a church in Lockport, NY, for 10 years. Anne home schooled their three children all the way through high school, during which time they were actively involved in the leadership of a homeschool support group.
Mike and Anne took a sabbatical from official pastoral ministry in 2003 and went into the workplace for a season. During this time they assisted in the planting of a new church, which is currently their home fellowship. (www.harborlightsfellowship.org)
Their son Justin joined the staff of the International House of Prayer in 2004 and after making frequent visits for a couple of years the Rizzo's felt that God was leading them to dedicate their lives to the prayer movement. In the spring of 2007 they left their jobs, sold their house and relocated to Kansas City, Missouri. At this writing, their entire family serves on staff at the IHOP-KC Missions base.
They see their current ministry assignment as being two-fold: 1) to dedicate their lives to the prayer movement; to see kings and priests take their rightful place before the Throne in intercession. 2) To work with married and pre-marital couples; to see the prophetic picture of Christ and the church reflected in every marriage.
To contact Mike and Anne, or for more info, please refer to their blog/website: (www.mikerizzo.wordpress.com)