Rainbow Temple was established as an inner-city church by Al and Linda Rowan in May of 1993. The church first met in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn in West Mifflin.
After six months the church began to lease the former Prudential Insurance building on Route 48 in McKeesport and a year later the old Greenwood School on Maplewood Street was purchased. The building was completely renovated into classrooms and a small sanctuary. At this time the congregation was named Rainbow Assembly of God.
On July 14, 2000, the Rainbow Assembly of God purchased Temple B’nai Israel at 536 Shaw Avenue in downtown McKeesport. This facility provided the expansion room that the growing congregation needed as well as locating them in the inner city where the heartbeat of their vision could be realized. Honoring the history of the Temple in McKeesport, Rainbow Assembly elected to retain the word “Temple” in its name thereby changing the name of their congregation to Rainbow Temple. Rainbow Temple is affiliated with the Assemblies of God with international offices in Springfield, MO and district offices in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Upon Pastor Rowan’s departure, Pete and Elaine Giacalone were appointed as interim pastors for the congregation. In June 2004, Pastor Pete was voted pastor of Rainbow Temple.
Pete Giacalone came to know the Lord at the peak of the Jesus movement in the early 70’s. After salvation Pete entered Central Bible College where he received his B.A. in Bible. He has served as Assistant Pastor and Youth Pastor.
Pete was raised in a strong Italian Family. He knows the joy of bondages being broken in his life. Bondages such as violent temper, anger, drinking, and smoking.
In 1981, Pete and his wife Elaine started a home missions church sponsored by South Hills Assembly Of God. The church became a great witness in the West Mifflin area of Pittsburgh. The ministry included: A Crisis Pregnancy Center, a Rescue Mission Outreach, Street Drama, Day Care, and a Grade School (K-6).
After 15 years as a Senior Pastor, Pete sensed a strong leading to preach a message of “Spiritual Warfare & Restoration”- restoring the Saints to the Father/Child relationship and to the “joy of the Lord”.
After many years on the evangelistic field Pete was invited to part of the Cornerstone Television Family and served there full time for four years, and is still part time as co host for Healthy Living. Pete currently is the SR. Pastor at Rainbow Assembly Of God in McKeesport, and once again feels the strong call of God to be a servant in a great city.