Meet Ron

I’m Ron Ponzoli, and my journey to JupiterFIRST is a good example of God’s love and how God always follows us and always pursues us, and never gives up on us.

I was born in Miami; I’m a fifth generation Floridian. I was raised an Episcopalian, was an altar boy, and a part of the youth ministries. But when I left home, I, like some of us, got away from my faith. God would talk to me, but I wouldn’t always talk back to him.

I didn’t go to church very often at all.

This year my family and I traveled to Italy, and I experienced a life-changing event there.

On the last day of our trip, we were in the Abbey of Monte Cassino. If you’ve never been there, it’s a beautiful place, and it’s almost impossible to not feel God’s love and his power and grace in that space.

I walked into the Abbey church, and as soon as I stepped in I felt something profound, something I had not felt in a very long time.

I was truly thunderstruck, and I knew immediately I wanted to get down on my knees and pray and talk to God.

So, I did.

And I talked to him in a way I hadn’t talked in a very long time.

And I started to cry.

I was so overcome with emotion, so overcome with God’s love.

When we returned to Florida, I knew I needed to find a church home to share my new relationship, this newly re-awakened relationship, with God. My wife encouraged me try JupiterFIRST.

I walked in, and as soon as I did Associate Pastor Chip gave me a handshake and a big smile. And I heard Pastor Kevin speak, and I really loved his words.

And I knew immediately that this was my home.

This is going to be my home forever. This is where I will worship. I love God and I really am very lucky to have JupiterFIRST as my family.


Ron Ponzoli


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