Rushing Wind Biker Church
10 Peachtree Court
Holbrook, N.Y.  11741

Servant to Jesus Christ & Senior Pastor
Pastor Ski , aka Ski-man, aka Joe Marchelewski
Born and raised here on Long Island I’ve been around here quite
a long time, a half century or so to be exact. So I’m a little
familiar with LonGilanders. Believe me when I say I never thought
in my wildest dreams thought I’d be where God has me today,
but as I’ve come to realize God does have a sense of humor.
Though very quiet and reserved for the first half of my life, I believe God did a
very slow transformation in my life for many reasons. Some people called to    
God’s service get instant, or seemingly instant revelation and transformation in
their life and go on to have dynamic, productive lives in Christ. I, on the other
hand, had a very slow growth curve in my Christian life. I have spent over two
thirds of my life running from God, trying to master this life on my own terms,
trying to convince myself I could be a successful man, husband and father in my
own strength and on my own terms. Well let’s just say I could write volumes on
why it don’t work.
Makin every mistake you could make, for good reasons and for bad ones, I led an
exemplary life of how not to do life. The amazing thing to me is God extended so
much grace to me for no apparent reason other than he loved me. I have the
same beautiful wife I married 37+ years ago despite my every attempt to sabotage
my marriage. My 3 boys are a blessing when in today’s environment I gave them
every reason to not be. I was all about me, even being a regular church goer for
many years. From Bay Shore, Long Island originally, gave my life to Christ over 35
years ago.
Life has been a hell of a ride, and just gets better every day. Three sons and two
grandsons and a very blessed family. Not at all what I deserve because I was in
blatant rebellion for much of those 35 years. A long time as the church going, lazy
Christian just kind of going through the motions. Felt a need to draw close to God
maybe 10-12 years ago, due to the realization all I could do in this life was mess it
up. A sinner on many levels that sabotaged 2 businesses, 6 or more other career
paths, and should have cost me my family and marriage. But God is faithful, and
eventually reacted to him reaching out to me. Bought a bike almost 10 years ago,
and almost immediately God said this is the tool He would  use in my life to show
himself to the world through my life.
Found my calling as a missionary and evangelist to the biker community, then in
May 2006 had a major Motorcycle accident that should have cost me my life.
But once again God was merciful to me and my family and life became real and
serious, and I was appointed for a defined mission. From that point 120% in Gods
service to bikers, particularly here, on Long Island. I was called to start a church,
a place of refuge and a sanctuary for those needing a non-traditional environment
to draw close to God. A calling to be a Pastor was never my idea, but when God
sends you respond. Otherwise he will put you on a shelf. Now, almost 5 years
after we started the church, we are growing, I am growing, and the grace that
comes through Jesus Christ has touched many, and many more are being drawn.
At this stage in my life, I feel like I’m living a dream. I love what I do, I love the
bikers and all in the community I am blessed to serve. With my wife at my side,
we are full throttle for Jesus and this quest to bring God’s love to a very
challenging community.  
Next year will mark 10 years in motorcycle ministry, and I pray I am blessed to
give many more years to my Bro’s and Sisters of the Long Island biker
community. God Bless, ride safe, and God Bless America.