About Pastors Vince & Laura Rizzo
Pastors Vince and Laura Rizzo are Directors of Discipling Nations International and have been in evangelistic and pastoral ministry for over 30 years, including teaching pastors from around the globe. During their public ministry, they have ministered through radio and television and they have preached in hundreds of churches.
Vince and Laura, who married in 1985, first began by working in many positions within the church for many years in whatever capacity and door God opened. They both had so deeply and passionately fallen in love with God that eventually the Lord opened doors in various cities as they developed their faith by working in conjunction with church feeding programs in the inner-cities and Christian rehab programs. God then used this training ground to operate and pastor their own homeless outreach mission church for several years which was affiliated with the Dream Center out of Los Angeles, California, owned by Tommy and Matthew Barnett. With the help of over 60 volunteers from area churches, their homeless mission provided church services, hot meals, a weekly food basket distribution program, clothing, toiletries and hair cuts and was a referral service for other local agencies. Then the local Salvation Army sent a doctor and a team of nurses to provide medical checkups and prescriptions to their clients at their mission. They were able to feed and minister to a total of 12,000 persons per year out of a small 700 square foot storefront with no kitchen facilities!! God can truly use whatever you give Him!
Simultaneously they operated and were the Directors of a Christian Discipleship Training Center from a miraculously donated $2,000,000 property with a 14-unit motel and 45-seat restaurant on eight acres. This was utilized to facilitate a no-cost, one year, Quality-of-Life Program for men, ages 18 and up, who were suffering from addictions. This facility was operated solely by faith, prayer and a small monthly newsletter which miraculously covered their $5,000 overhead each month. How great is the faithfulness of God!! They truly saw “the loaves & fishes multiplied” every month, year after year which fine tuned their faith and trust as God saw them through many impossible situations including a death threat.
From 2001-02 Vince attended Faith International Training School under the auspices of Dr. David T. Demola, and then was asked to teach pastors from around the world the principles of faith he learned through God’s training. These classes were taught in Fort Myers and also transmitted via satellite to students at Faith Fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center located in Sayreville, New Jersey. Well known teachers at this school included Bob Yandian, Bobby Jean Merrick, Robert Cornwall, Neil Gass and others.
In his free time Vince also assumed the position of the Director of the Helpdesk for the Northern Hemisphere in the U.S. for 20,000 students from the Online Bible College out of Newcastle, Australia and then was asked to become a Board Member.
Then God opened a position at Bellsouth Internet as a Tech Support Troubleshooter for their 3,000,000 customers which was an incredible opportunity as he always excelled at technology yet never even took a computer class. Years later his expertise in this won him the nickname “Pastor Gadget”.
These two positions prepared Vince, by divine appointment, to meet the President of AMES Christian University (ACU) in Naples, Florida who asked Vince and Laura to create a new school to provide a biblical, low-cost program under the auspices of ACU. In September 2003 they launched AMES Bible College and after the first year they had just under 2,000 students. In the 2nd year they had over 5,000 students and Vince and Laura were both able to obtain their Bachelor of Biblical Studies degrees from ACU. Then the President of ACU stepped down because of health issues and named Vince as the ACU President. In 2007 the bible college had reached global impact as it had reached 183 nations and the name was then changed to AMES International School of Ministry. Vince then went on to receive his Doctorate degree from Covenant Theological Seminary.
Since that time ACU and AISOM have grown to over 75,000+ students in 184 nations with 73 extension centers around the world.
The purpose and goal of their schools is to provide quality education to students in an affordable venue so that students encounter God’s presence in their lives, their work, their church and their community. Their greatest desire is to train students to go beyond salvation, to live holy lives, to fight the good fight of faith, and to love as Christ loved, thus changing their world for Christ.
As Vince and Laura are not currently pastoring, they are available to minister at your church or conference or revival services on a love offering basis,plus room and travel expenses. Vince teaches and ministers prophetically. Laura also speaks and sings and is available for women’s conferences.
In 2011 Vince became a certified Christian Life Coach and Marriage Trainer with Life Breakthrough Academy conducting 10 week training webinars. He is also a certified Confidence Coach having been taught by Dr. Keith Johnson, America’s #1 confident coach who coaches ministry leaders and believers from around the world. For more info on life coach training go to www.BiblicalLifeCoachTraining.com
In Sept. 2013, Vince also became a Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker as a member of the John Maxwell Team.
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