Gilbert and Eileen Silva
Pastor Gilbert and his wife Eileen serve as lead pastors and served as part of the founding leadership team of the church. Together they have faithfully served for 30 years to build a church that loves God, serves people, and reaches their world for Christ.
Their ministry focuses on making disciples and teaching the word of God with simplicity and practicality, encouraging people to spread the gospel to those in their circle of influence and live life together through small groups, making discipleship a part of everyday life.
Under their leadership, House of Praise International Church has opened a second campus in Lorain County in the city of Oberlin, a Spanish campus onsite, and planted two churches – one in Lakewood and another in Columbus, Ohio.
Pastor Gilbert and Eileen have traveled to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Peru, India, Cambodia, and other nations as well as here in the United States and Canada, strengthening the body of Christ and preaching the gospel. Pastor Silva also serves as Regional Director of Minister’s Fellowship International, which includes churches in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions.
Gilbert and Eileen have been happily married for 35 years. They are blessed with 3 adult children Celeste (married to Joshua) Chelsea (married to Matthew) and Josiah.
WE BELIEVE THAT FOLLOWING
JESUS IS THE BEST DECISION
YOU CAN MAKE.
The founding pastors (the late Rev. Iluminado Marrero and his wife Luisa) received a prophetic word in 1976 that the Lord would build a great work through their ministry. They never imagined that it would have come this far, yet here we are more than 3 decades later, a growing ministry armed with the vision to declare the praises (life, love and power) of God to the nations of the world.
Pastor Gilbert and Eileen Silva came on board as full-time pastors at House of Praise International Church in 1991. Since then the ministry has expanded to include a new church plant,and supports missions around the world. The last three decades have been an incredible journey for our church family. We want to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone who consistently labored in prayers and service throughout the years to make the vision of the house a reality. We couldn’t have done it without you!
We celebrate what God has done in and through his people at House of Praise International Church and to look forward with even greater anticipation to the journey that is it yet to come!