I grew up in western New York as a first-generation Sicilian-American. In 2003, I earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Houghton College and in 2007 a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I graduated with a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in 2014.
During my senior year of college, I entered the ministry as a military chaplain, serving four years in the Marine Reserves and five years in the Navy Reserves. While attending seminary, I recognized a call to serve the local church. I have experience in all facets of church life, through roles ranging from church custodian to associate pastor to church planter and executive pastor of church planting at Ginghamsburg Church, who has three campuses and worships over 4,000.
In addition to my work in the church, I lead a consulting group for church planters/pastors called Picardo Coaching LLC and enjoying writing to help Christians and Church leaders on their spiritual journey.
More recently, I work bi-vocational at United Theological Seminary. He serves as Director of the Seminary’s Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation, a mentor in United’s Doctor of Ministry program and an affiliate faculty member and now as Dean of The Chapel.