And he said to them,
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."
~ Mark 16:15 ~
PHOTO by Hannes Ri
Meet John Luppo
John Luppo is a Modern Day Miracle. He is a man who has endured much trauma, tragedy, and loss. His life is what Hollywood Movies are made of. Raised on the streets of the Bronx in an Italian Catholic family he went on to become a very successful
Wall Street executive.
This led him to live a very fast life and all the trials that came with it. Alcohol, drugs, gambling and womanizing became the oxygen he breathed while becoming more and more successful, until his brother’s tragic death sent his life spiraling out of control and into rehab.
John stayed sober for 2 years, then a lifestyle of the Wall St. fast life got to him.
The next 15 years his life was a roller coaster. He made millions and lost it, had 5 houses, numerous engagements and many girlfriends. With a life of being unfulfilled he came to his knees at 40 years old and got sober.
He became dear friends with Pati Burke who was also in recovery and one day he found Pati dead from complications related to addiction. This tragic event inspired John to launch a great crusade in which he made a documentary called Modern Day Miracles. A movie about recovery from the disease of addiction dedicated in memory of Pati and John's brother Robert Luppo.
John reached out to his childhood hero Darryl Strawberry, who also had his trials in the past from addiction, to be in the documentary. It was not until after further searching for God, John was at a dinner one night and a divine appointment happened. Darryl was in attendance and came up to John telling him about Jesus. In that moment John accepted Jesus and his new life was birthed. Darryl also played an instrumental role in introducing John to the woman who is now his wife, Chris Elia.
John is on fire for God and has dedicated his life to the Lord. The Lord has used him to go into areas that the doors have been previously shut. He is an Ordained Evangelist Minister. John is also Darryl Strawberry's manager and travels with him. John now has a Bible study on Wall Street, leading people to the Lord weekly. He has created companies centered around his faith that help those in need.
John frequently speaks at prisons and also at schools to kids about overcoming obstacles and staying away from drugs. Because of John’s salvation, he now has a beautiful family, a great outlook on business and most importantly, a life filled of God. Miracles occur everyday and John is an example of this and what having a relationship with God will do in your life to bring you Eternal Salvation.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~
“John Luppo is a powerful Man of God with a servant's heart.
He is zealous about helping others and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. The power of God radiates through John whether speaking from a pulpit in church, a prison yard, a school, or one-on-one with someone who is lost. If John Luppo is in the room, someone is going to give their heart to the Lord! He is always praying for others, speaking God's word, initiating a bible study, or striving to ensure that the needs of someone struggling are met.
He puts the needs of others before his own. He is a man of integrity, a faithful friend, and we are so blessed to have him in our lives!"
—Darryl & Tracy Strawberry