John Sweeney was raised in a believing household, but by his teen years he had chosen a rebellious lifestyle along with drug and alcohol abuse that continued well into his twenties. While putting on a show of serving God for those in the church, secretly he was really cursing God in word and deed.
After the death of his father in 1992, God gave John a second chance. He took that opportunity to dedicate his life to God, but still sat on the fence about living holy for God for several years. In 1995 John realized the call that God had on his life, and decided that there was no more turning back. He entered the ministry and has never looked back.
John has served as an evangelist, lay pastor, worship leader, missionary, choir director, teacher and prophet. He has preached and witnessed on the streets in various U.S. cities, including New York City, preached in prisons, and taught evangelism and discipleship courses.
John is fluent in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and has taught Spanish at the elementary level in the United States, as well as served as an elementary school chaplain.
He is known as an anointed teacher and preacher, and has shared the Word internationally, having ministered in the United States, Mexico, Paraguay, Jamaica, Honduras, Zambia and Haiti.
He is currently the Director of Worship Church International based out of NJ.
Called as a prophet, he is the leader of the WC prophetic team and also organizes intercessory prayer teams including The Worldwide Prayer Meeting on Facebook Live.
John's heart longs for the Body of Christ to be united, and to truly learn what it means to know and honor God.
Perla Sweeney was born in the beautiful, yet poor and developing country of Paraguay, in the heart of South America.
She started work at the age of eight to support her siblings so that they could continue their education.
Perla has extensive experience with children, having worked as a nanny for more than 20 years in Paraguay and the United States.
Shortly after coming to the U.S., Perla came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and gave her heart fully to Him.
Perla is known for her servant's heart, and you will always be able to find her working in some capacity alongside her husband in the various ministries of Worship Church.
She has headed up hospitality ministries, as well as nurseries and various other children's ministries.
At John's side, she intercedes for the nations and operates in a strong prophetic anointing.
She, like her husband, has preached in prisons and evangelized on city streets around the world.
Perla is a shining example of the Proverbs 31 woman as a loving wife, mother and business owner.
Perla is an anointed warrior in prayer, and she prays to get results.
Together, John & Perla are committed to spreading the Gospel of Peace, the Power of Pentecost and the Presence of God throughout the world, through a prophetic gifting, with signs and wonders following them that believe.
John and Perla Sweeney are a prophetic couple with a passion for people around the world to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Today they experience the blessings of a sweet marriage, prosperous businesses as entrepreneurs, and the privilege of having served the people of Haiti on the mission field with their 2 children, now grown and serving God.
On a personal level, in a world where commitment in marriage is often viewed as optional, John and Perla are committed to be together until Christ returns or takes them home.
Their daughter, Cecilia attended Rhema Bible Training College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where she met her husband, Joshua.
She & Josh share a strong desire to serve God and be the example for others. Their son Joseph (2020) is a joy to all around him.
Watching their son, Elijah, serve God along with them in ministry brings them some of their greatest joys. Elijah has been involved in all aspects of children's and youth ministries at the fellowships he has been privileged to attend with his parents. He is a very gifted musician and worship leader. Now in college, he is dedicated to advancing his career as a filmmaker.
From 2010 through 2012, John and Perla served as full-time missionaries at CHO, Inc in Carrefour, Haiti and were key in establishing Love Haiti's Children's Home and Missionary Guest House in the Butte Boyer neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. The whole family worked together in a variety of areas with Haitian staff to make the home a wonderful place full of love and care for each child they served.
Worship Church International was launched in April, 2016 as the intercultural & international missions arm of Worship Church with John as its Director. As a Spirit-empowered ministry, currently working with established missionaries throughout the world, the priority of WCI is worship to God; hosting His Presence in every region and the effective training of pastors and church leaders abroad.