Gabriel Verrone

 
Where did you graduate from high school?

I graduated from Marlboro High School in Marlboro, NJ! Go Mustangs!

How long have you been on staff at Southcliff?

I have been serving on staff at Southcliff Baptist Church since March, 2018.  However, my family and I have been members since 2010 and I have been working in the Children's Ministry, in one capacity or another, for 8 years.

Tell us about your family.

I have been married to my wonderful wife, April, since December of 2003.  April and I met at Southwestern Seminary and after we were married were honored to serve as IMB missionaries for two years in Mexico City.  Our first son, Malachi, age 10, was born in Mexico City and still loves chicharones to this day!  Depending on the day, Malachi is either very happy or very sad that I am the Uplink director while he is a part of the ministry.  Zachary is 6 and in Kindergarten.  Most Sundays, when I play drums and lead worship with the Kid Connection band, he surrounds himself with 4 chairs and plays his own epic drum solos!

What was your first car?

My first car was my parents' old 1990 Ford Taurus station wagon!  It was hideous and got the worst gas mileage, but I was always piling friends in for trips to the Jersey shore on the weekends!

What is something that you are known for?

Like the guy Billy Joel sings about in Piano Man, I'm always, "Quick with a joke..."  However, I am serious about worshipping the Lord!  I have been leading the Kid Connection worship band for a little over a year and I get to do my best Phil Collins impersonation as I play the drums and sing lead vocals!

What is a book that you have read recently that you would recommend to others?

I think we could all stand to read our Bibles more, after all, "...whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it--not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it--they will be blessed in what they do (James 1:25)."  You're also safe with anything by John Piper; always convicting, always thought-provoking and always inspiring!

What was your favorite band/singer when you were a teenager?

As mentioned above, I've always been a huge Billy Joel fan.  Also, I learned to play drums by playing along to countless Led Zeppelin songs.  However, after becoming a Christian, I've been an avid listener of worship music and although it's sounds very dated today, I am not ashamed to admit that I loved me some Petra!

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? 

Not doing lawn work!  Seriously though, Saturdays are usually for family time!  We usually clean the house together, do lawn work, or some kind of chores and then go to the park, go to the movies or do some family activity as time permits.  Also, whenever possible, Saturday night is date night with the love of my life!  

For more information about our Uplink Preteen Ministry feel free to contact me at 682-583-3135 or gabe@southcliff.com