John Francis DeLuca born October 29, 1958 and a long-time resident of Gaithersburg, MD went to be with the Lord and was reunited with his parents Joseph R. De Luca and Dorothy L. (Tokar) DeLuca, Sunday January 3, 2021 at the age of 62. John leaves behind a wife and three children.
John held a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a major in Mass Communication from Almeda University. He was a dedicated and hardworking man and was truly a servant of the lord. For more than 20 years John’s professional career was aligned with his passion for music and faith. He was an Associate Pastor, IT Manager, and Media Production Manager at Living Word International Church (Silver Spring, MD). Prior to that he worked at Church of The Redeemer (Gaithersburg, MD) where he built his reputation for carrying the word of the lord through live and virtual services. For over 20 years, he was a volunteer youth and adult male minster at local Children’s Centers and Prisons.
John loved the Lord with all his heart and devoted his life to serving Him in every aspect of his life. For more than thirty years, John led various local church youth groups as he brought God’s word and love through both music and ministering discussions. John’s passion began in the 1970’s when he led the St. Catherine Laboure Folk Group that sang at Sunday services and later evolved into increasingly larger responsibilities which included his ministry work. John is known for his devotion and volunteerism to the Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center where John led spiritual discussions and music to inspire youth, aged 12-18, awaiting court or placement into a treatment facility. Most recently he was the LWICC Church’s visiting pastor at the Noyes Children’s Center. John was a volunteer clergy member in Kairos Prison Ministry International. He served by loving and listening to incarcerated men on weekend teams and made weekly visits at the Jessup Correctional Institute. John was a man of God and very passionate about sharing the gospel and providing peace and comfort to others.
His love for his family, friends and his community were every bit as deep and strong as his love for the Lord. John was a devoted father and husband. Spending quality time with them was an important part of his life and how he nurtured and corralled them. John and family could be seen taking in the newest movie, taking long hikes on the mountain trails, weekend road trips to state parks, beaches or other fun and quiet destinations where being together was the focus. They were a family on the go, together. He truly lived his life selflessly, finding joy in putting everyone’s needs before himself.
John is survived by his wife of 30 years, Annabell DeLuca and his three children Robert Sofley, John Michael DeLuca, and Jenna DeLuca. He was a beloved brother of JoAnn (Barry) Frazier, Nita (Kevin) Knighton, Joseph (Barbara) De Luca, Gina (Randy) Modesitt, Dorothy (Tom) Belcher, Ruth (Frank) Jenkins, and Charlie (Lisa) DeLuca; and a proud uncle to 21 nieces and nephews.
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