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
Additionally, we have both been a part of the College of Prayer;
a non denominational prayer training organization, for over
Sherri and our son Luke accompanied me to Norway, where
I spoke to College of Prayer groups in several different Norwegian
trip to Norway took me to the town of Skien, for a second week of
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
the mountains of
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
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!