Church Partnership Director John Palmieri joined the World Orphans team in January 2017. In this role, John leads Church Partnership trips and connects US churches with international churches, encouraging reciprocal relationships that seek to serve the vulnerable children and families in the international community. John’s background in youth ministry, foster and adoptive services, and social work, combined with his heart for God, make him the ideal person for this position. As a Church Partnership director, John has found that his work is more focused on helping people build relationships while restoring families and communities rather than simply giving aid or completing a project.
John lives in Austin, Texas, with his bride, Katie, whom he married in 2014, and their two boys: Henry Isaac and James Andrew. When he’s not working hard, you may find John hiking, biking, camping, visiting national parks, or relaxing in a Texas watering hole with his family. When home, John enjoys tackling new house projects, refinishing old furniture, or working in the garden.