Pastor Matthew Sassano Jr. & Pastor Jeanette Sassano
Originally from Queens, New York, Pastor Matt and Jeanette have clearly heard God’s direction to see the gospel grow in Hornell, New York.
Pastor Matt Sassano was ordained in 1986 with the Assemblies of God and Pastor Jeanette was ordained in 2017 through Fresh Start Church. Matt Sassano is now ordained with LifeNet Apostolic Network, Rochester, NY. He is a graduate of Evangel University, Springfield, Mo.
Fresh Start Church (FSC) was founded in 2012 by Pastors Matthew and Jeanette Sassano. The Sassano’s are from the New York City/Long Island Region. Pastor Sassano has ministered in Argentina, India, Africa, and the Dominican Republic. Now settled in New York State, the Sassano’s serve the Hornell, NY community through FSC and R.I.S.E.N. (Reaching Into Society’s Every Need), the outreach arm of FSC.
Pastor Sassano felt, “called to the city of Hornell” and the surrounding region. He has been in this region since 1984, starting as an assistant Pastor in 2 different Assembly of God (AG) churches, then planting a church in 1988 and leading that congregation until 2011. In 2011, He parted with the AG and planted Fresh Start Church, an independent, Charismatic/Pentecostal church.
Since its beginning in 2012, the church has already outgrown two locations. As Pastor Matt has said, “God’s been good to us, we’re already in our third rented location. Currently we’re looking for a building to purchase and renovate, if necessary.” The vision they have for outreaches of various kinds cannot be accomplished to its fullest without owning their own much larger space, or as Pastor Matt calls it, “our own base of operations.”
The AG church that Pastor Sassano lead experienced 2 long term, fruitful “revivals”, the first going from 1997 through 2000. After Matt returned from the “Brownsville Revival” that took place in Pensacola, Fla., God’s Holy Spirit descended on that congregation the morning of June 1, 1997. Hundreds were saved, delivered & healed through that incredible move of the Holy Spirit in those 3 years. The 2nd one lasted 6 months. It became a healing revival from June 2008 through December 2008 when God used an Evangelist that was originally scheduled to be at the church for one week, morphed into half a year. Again, hundreds attended these nightly meetings and many were healed of physical, emotional, mental and psychological damage. Of course, many also became born again and filled with the Holy Spirit.