Jim and Rita Talarico


I was born in Pittsburgh Pa., continue to support the Steelers, was raised in a Roman Catholic home, and at the age of 19 was humbled and brought to faith in Christ. On November 25th, 2019, I married my sweet friend Rita Doidge. Together we have 7 adult children and 24 grandchildren, and are confident we will have many more to come!

I am a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls PA, and Westminster Seminary in California and I’ve served as a Teaching Elder in the PCA for the last 30 years. I worked as a Port Missionary in Savannah GA, planted and pastored churches in CO and Indiana, and love preaching the gospel. In my free time, I attempt to keep up with my sons on the ski slopes, enjoy reading, traveling, and like to play racquetball.

We are glad to be a part of the ELI team and it is a privilege to leverage our life, experiences, and ministry backgrounds to equip leaders who are advancing the cause of Christ internationally. We are excited about this open door to train pastors, teachers, and leaders who influence thousands of Christians in their own country.

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