Allow me to introduce ourselves; we are Rock & Sherri Pifer. Both of us are ordained pastors in the Free Methodist Church and recently, at the 2018 Keystone Annual Conference, we were appointed as Conference Evangelists.

 

I began serving as a local ministerial candidate in the Emporium

Free Methodist Church in 1992 and was appointed to a full time

pastoral charge in 1995, serving as lead pastor until 2016.

 

Prior to ministry, I worked as a welder / fabricator, owning our

own business for 8 years.

 

Sherri and I have three adult children, who were home-schooled.

Sherri, began her ordination track in 2009 and was ordained in

2013.

 

Additionally, we have both been a part of the College of Prayer;

a non denominational prayer training organization, for over

20 years.

 

Sherri and our son Luke accompanied me to Norway, where

I spoke to College of Prayer groups in several different Norwegian

cities; Stavanger, Drammen, Kongsberg, and  Nottoden.  A second

trip to Norway took me to the town of Skien, for a second week of

meetings.

 

Sherri has received training through the College of Prayer and

has been certified to teach the College of Prayer curriculum.

 

In February of 2016, having served our local church for nearly

25 years; 21 years in full time ministry, we asked our regional

leadership to grant us a 2 year long leave of absence to reflect

on our ministry and seek the Lord regarding His future plans

for us; it has been an exciting time.

 

We now feel we have a clear vision of what the Lord has in

mind for our future, as we have reflected on our years of service

to the Lord and His church, we feel called to share with churches

and groups the experiences we have had.

 

Why Faith Upside Down?

 

Our experience in pastoral

ministry took place in rural

Pennsylvania, in a small town

called Emporium. Nestled in

the mountains of

Cameron County, the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds,

 Emporium is a small community of about 2500 . . . if everyone

is home! Sherri and I both grew up in this town.

 

 

Like many small rural communities, Emporium has its fair

share of problems; some might say much more than its fair

share! Having lived in this community, we know in detail the problems associated with the town; drug abuse, alcoholism,

suicide and sexual abuse are more common than folks there

care to  admit.

 

As pastors in this community, we have seen the hurt and pain

the devil has inflicted and we began to earnestly pray for the

deliverance of this town.

 

Praying on the mountain

 

For many years, every Sunday morning, Sherri and I would

head to an overlook that provided a stunning view of our little

town, and we would pray there. On one particular occasion,

I went alone and was praying over the town; what happened

that day would change my life forever!

 

While I was praying that day,

I was praying against the powers

and principalities that had been

enslaving the people in this community for years. Determined

to see a breakthrough, I was

passionately praying out loud;

my fists punching at the sky as if pounding on the devil himself!

 

It was then that the most unexpected thing happened;

the Lord seemed to come near and then he asked me some

questions.

 

To the best of my recollection, here is how the conversation unfolded.

 

A meeting with God on the mountain

 

The Lord said to me;

 

Rock, what are you doing?

 

I was somewhat taken aback, as to me it seemed obvious what I was doing, so I answered the Lord;

I am praying.”

 

He said in the kindest way possible;

 

Why are you praying like that, punching at the sky?

 

I was not sure what He was getting at and I really did not know how to answer, so I responded;

This is how I do it.”

 

There was a pause and then he asked me another question;

 

Rock, where are you?

 

Now I’m getting even more confused and all I could do was to say; “I’m here, Lord!

 

There was another pause and then He rephrased the same question;

 

Rock, where are you spiritually speaking?

 

I responded by saying, “I’m with you, Lord.” It was then that

the Scripture from Ephesians 2:6 came rushing to my heart.

 

The Lord asked me again;

 

Rock, where are you?

 

I responded; “I am seated with Christ in the heavenly

realms” What the Lord said next would forever change my

life and ministry!

 

The Lord said to me;

 

Rock, stop praying with your fists pounding at the sky, as if you were fighting an enemy  that you are in subjection to. Start praying from your true position in Me. Instead of  praying with a down side up mentality, pray from the up side down, from the heavenly  realm where you are seated; the battle is not over your head, but is under your feet.

 

My world was turned up-side down!

 

Wow! I was stunned by what had just taken place. I realized

that much of my prayer life was done out of a sense of duty,

not recognizing the authority with which one could pray.

 

I learned that I do have authority and that I could pray

expecting awesome answers; the days going forward would

give ample opportunity for the truth of this to become evident.

 

It was out of this encounter with the Lord on that mountain

that birthed the idea of Praying Upside Down and hence the

name of our ministry endeavor; Faith Upside Down.

 

We want to encourage you to live your life “UP-SIDE

DOWN.” Learn how to pray, how to love, how to

forgive, and more . . .  UP-SIDE DOWN!

 

Please explore our sight and read some of the stories and

insights we have gathered and if you would like to have one

or both of us come to your church, please let us know; we

would love to share!

 

 

 

 

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