The DiBagnos arrived in Italy in 1983. They live and serve in Deruta, near Perugia, in the center of the country. Personal witnessing, literature distribution, Bible studies, and church services form their chief ministry. They opened their first church building in February 1995 and transferred to a larger one in 2009.
Italy's unique position in the Mediterranean makes it a magnet for people from many other countries, and the make-up of their church reflects this. They have ministered to people from Africa, the Middle East, and even South and Central America, as well as Europeans and Italians. Not surprisingly, the people of this strongly Catholic country are not quick to accept the Gospel message.
Frank grew up a Catholic and spent five years in a minor seminary near Pittsburgh, PA. In 1973 he graduated from Duquesne University, still unsaved. While working near Washington D.C. a friend led him to the Lord in January 1976.
Sherry grew up in a Christian home and was saved as a child. She attended Piedmont Bible College in North Carolina and later taught in a Christian school near Washington D.C where she and Frank met. They were married in August of 1976 and moved to Greenville, S.C.
In 1979 Frank graduated with an M.A. from Bob Jones University, and from there they went to work with Dr. Roger Vogel at Berean Bible Church in Dublin, Ohio. After raising support they left for Italy in Febuary 1983. They have a daughter, Sarah, a BJU grad (2002), who is married and lives in Texas and a son Nathan, also a BJU grad (2005) and married who lives in S.C.
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