Abner is the senior pastor at the East Side Tabernacle Church on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. To say this is a tough neighborhood is to understate matters.
Abner's church is non-denominational, which in this case means that their goal is as much to uplift community pride and provide community outreach as it is to engage in spiritual matters. Pastor Rosario deals every day with single parents, pregnant teens, local gangs, and the homeless and hopeless. In fact, he recently worked with one of his congregants and set up a local basketball league, where members of rival gangs often find themselves on the same team. The church and its congregants are bringing hope back to a community that is trying to find its way out of economic poverty and a culture of drugs and crime.