A pastor from Monroe County opened a new session of the Pennsylvania State Senate this morning with a prayer. Pastor Angelo Pierri of Light of the World Church in Smithfield Township served as the guest pastor today. Light of the World Church is non-denominational and for the past five years has operated from the former campus of the Shawnee Academy.

Pastor Pierri was a guest of State Senator Mario Scavello. Senator Scavello says “the church began 20 years ago with eight people in a basement and is now situated on a 35 acre campus that houses 30 different church ministries including Joe's Pantry and Joe's Closet named after Pastor Angelo's wife who's deceased”.