Bishop John Fortino is the President of the Apostolic Assembly.
Born on January 4, 1960 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrants, he heard and unreservedly obeyed the apostolic message in his youth, overcoming his family’s religious opposition. He was filled with the Holy Spirit at thirteen years of age on January 15, 1973 and would be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ seven days later by Apostolic Argentine pioneer Wuckola Jactzuc. His characteristic missionary passion comes from him being the first President that emerges from the missionary field.
Immigrating to the United States in the early eighties to study at Fuller Theological Seminary, he was called to be a National Evangelist in 1981 by then Secretary of National Missions, Bishop Roberto Ramírez. The Lord used him powerfully in revivals throughout the nation.
As a minister he helped in the Apostolic Assembly’s development in Washington D.C. The Lord called him to plant in 1987 “Fountain of Life” Apostolic Church in Miami, Florida. After twenty-seven years he continues to shepherd this large, flourishing and multicultural church of more than 700 members. His trailblazing leadership was demonstrated when he was elected Bishop Supervisor in 1997 to reestablish the Florida District. He served in this position for seven years. From “Fountain of Life,” the church he pastors, he has planted eighteen new congregations.
Near the dawn of the new millennium, the 1998 General Convention elected him as Secretary of National Missions where he spearheaded for eight years the planting of churches all throughout the East Coast and the Heartland of our nation. He is a prolific author of fifteen books, which include “The Life of the Redeemer” and “The Spiritual Life”. In the 2010 General Convention he was elected Bishop Vice President and he was the School of Pastors founding director. The 2014 General Convention elected him by overwhelming vote our eleventh Bishop President.
He obtained a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) degree from Knox Theological Seminary (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) in May 2013.
The Bishop President and his wife Sara live in Miami, Florida with sister Sara’s mother, sister Elsa. They have three daughters, Verónica, Valeria (married to John) and Deborah.
The Bishop President leads the Apostolic Assembly, the General Convention, the General Board of Directors, the Episcopal Body, the auxiliary confederations, the districts, and the missionary fields. He protects and enforces the Apostolic Assembly’s Constitution, General Convention agreements and General Board agreements.