The Pastor and His Wife

     Pastor Bob and Lisa (Williams) Cordeiro have been married since June of 2005.  Pastor Bob has four children from a previous relationship and marriage, and Lisa has two children from a previous marriage.  Although they have no children together, their love of animals has led them to adopt several dogs, cats and bunnies from local shelters.

     In 2003 Pastor Bob formed the outreach ministry "Wings of Recovery Ministry" and formed an Overcomer’s Outreach Support Group.  He facilitated Christian recovery programs in the community and conducted workshops in local recovery homes and churches entitled "The Twelve Steps - A Spiritual Journey", which uses the twelve-step concept in a Christian Biblical context.

     On May 22, 2005, Pastor Bob was licensed as a Reverend through New Seasons Worship Center (NSWC) in Freetown, for the position of Chaplain. He volunteered as a ride-along Chaplain with the New Bedford Police Department, during which time he worked with the neighborhood police providing them with support while also providing outreach services to those in need in the community.  Bob is a NOVA-trained (National Office for Victim Assistance) member of the Greater New Bedford Trauma Response Network, responding to and providing intervention to those people who have become victims of a traumatic event, on an as-needed basis. 

     Pastor Bob was a volunteer Chaplain in the Bristol County Jail and House of Correction, Bridgewater State Hospital, MCI Walpole, MCI Plymouth, and Old Colony Correctional Center leading Sunday services and weekly Theological Bible studies. 

     Simultaneously with Pastor Bob’s endeavors, Lisa was busy raising her two very active and athletic (now teenage) daughters, attending school, assisting and teaching in Sundays’ Children’s Church, and volunteering at a local food pantry.  In December 2006, Lisa received her Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bay State College and in May of 2011 she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

     On January 8, 2012, Pastor Bob and Lisa opened the doors of River of Life Ministries, Inc., a non-denominational Christian church in Wareham, Massachusetts.  In May of 2012 Pastor Bob was ordained to be the Senior Pastor over the church by his apostolic coverings, Apostle Tony and Rev Beverly Rezendes.  On November 1, 2012, they launched By His Hand Soup Kitchen, a community outreach ministry which serves free meals to residents of Wareham and the surrounding communities every Friday night, and during which time there is occasionally free, almost-new, clothing available. In March of 2014 Pastor Bob was certified as an exorcist after a year of training in the International School of Exorcism.


The Pastor's Testimony

The following is an excerpt from March of 2012 that ran in the Standard-Times newspaper.  It briefly describes Pastor Bob's testimony.

River of Life Ministries opens in Wareham


March 03, 2012 12:00 AM

WAREHAM — Involved with drugs, New Bedford native Bob Cordeiro sought redemption in 1997, and it came."One day I turned my life around and gave my life to the Lord," he said. "From that point on I wanted to help people in bondage with addictions."

On Jan. 1, Cordeiro opened the doors of his new nondenominational church, River of Life Ministries, in the old Methodist Meetinghouse at 495 Main St. in Wareham.

"We hope to become a healing center, delivering healing and restoration of families," he said. "I just have a heart for the lost and hurting."  Growing up in New Bedford, Cordeiro was raised in the Catholic faith.  "I kind of left the Church in my 20s," he said. "I got involved with drugs and stuff like that."

He credits Apostles Antonio and Beverly Rezendes, the former pastors of the Church of the New Testament in East Freetown, for his rehabilitation.  "I went through counseling with them," he said.

In 2000, Cordeiro found his calling.  "I went to the Ash Street Jail and fell in love," he said.  Ever since then, he has ministered in state prisons, volunteering his time.

In 2005, Cordeiro remarried and moved to Rochester. He has four children, seven grandchildren and two stepchildren.  That same year he was ordained as a chaplain by the Rev. David Lima, pastor of New Seasons Worship Center in East Freetown.

Cordeiro also developed a friendship with the Rev. Ivan Cuts while working together in prison outreach.  "He told me he was praying with his wife, and he believed God wanted me to have a church."  Cordeiro said he went through a period of discernment, seeking where God wanted to lead him.  "I spent quiet time alone in prayer," he said. "I never dreamed of having my own church."  Last August, he made the decision to open River of Life Ministries.

"I went to a tent revival in Lakeville, and Sister Sara Price gave me the prophetic word," he said. "She saw people being healed and delivered. I knew it was a confirmation from God."  Cordeiro rented the meetinghouse from the Wareham Historical Society; and in January he held his first 10 a.m. Sunday service.  "I felt God was calling me to the community," he said. "It needs help like New Bedford does. I felt God tug on my heart."

"No matter who you are, you can turn your life around. God forgives you. He redeems us and gives us what we need."


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