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Jerry Lubrano
Position: lead pastor

Jerry and Linda Lubrano came to Ruskin in early 2003. They served as Senior Pastor of River of Life Assembly of God in Minot , North Dakota for ten years. The church, just 40 miles from the Canadian border grew under their ministry in spite of the fact that the military makeup of the church meant constant rotations of military people because of reassignments. During his tenure at River of Life A/G he also served for 5 years as a Presbyter in the North Dakota District of the Assemblies of God.  In 1999, the Lubrano’s began ministry as Evangelists serving churches across America from Florida to Washington . Driving over 60 thousand miles a year and in as many as 50 churches was a grueling schedule. However, God richly blessed and expanded the ministry. A television ministry serving central Texas reached thousands of people including the area of Fort Hood , one of the largest Army bases in the world. While the ministry was gratifying, the Lubrano’s missed the close personal and loving relationships that are built in pastoral ministry.
The door opened at First Assembly of God in Ruskin , Florida just 30 minutes south of Tampa and in January of 2003 they were asked to fill the position of Senior Pastor. Since assuming the pastorate, the church has more than doubled in size, income has tripled and ministries have multiplied. Our calling to be “a place for everyone to experience God and to express His love.” is the driving motivator for everything we do. The dream of the church being a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-racial congregation is coming to pass as more people are learning of the love and life transforming power of Jesus. Most importantly a vision to be “a church of regional influence and impact” is being realized as the church reaches out to the communities of South Shore through Servant Evangelism and other outreach ministries. People are coming into life changing relationship with Jesus Christ and miracles are happening in marriages, families, minds and bodies. The church name was changed to Destiny Church in 2005 to reflect our belief that each of us has a destiny to fulfill in God’s perfect will for us.
Under the Lubrano’s leadership the ministry team has grown to 6 full time pastors, a business manager, administrators, and custodial personnel. In 2009 the vision for regional influence and impact took another turn when Faith Assembly of God in Temple Terrace (northeast Tampa) merged with Destiny Church becoming the first of what we believe will be several satellite campuses. The 7 acre campus and facility that will seat 300 expanded the ministry capability of Destiny Church significantly and is the initial step in ministry expansion that we believe will extend elsewhere in Florida and beyond as the Lord directs.

Pastor Jerry (a native New Yorker) and Linda (the daughter of a career Air Force veteran) were married in 1974 in Mineral Wells, Texas . Pastor Jerry retired from the United States Air Force with 20 years of service in 1989. He has Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southeastern University in Lakeland , Florida . They have 2 children Michael ( Tara ) and Leah (Paul) and 6 grandchildren. They also have a very spoiled German Shepherd name Sasha.