Dino Rosato, the founder of Zebulun Jesus Is Lord Barber Shops, a second generation barber/hair stylist, began cutting hair at the age of 12, and is currently the head pastor of New Hope Fellowship. In January of 1996 at the age of 21 Dino answered an ad in the paper for a barber position in Lakewood, NJ. Nick Anzalone, the proprietor of Nick's Hair Salon & Barber Shop was one of two full time barbers and had recently lost his only barber due to lack of business. Nick was from Sicily and Dino understood Italian; Nick hired him on the spot and a father/son relationship immediately ensued.
Dino was blessed to build a large clientele so quickly that they needed to hire another barber to keep up with the increased business. As Dino began to bring in more barbers, he was given a manager's position. Within five years the shop had increased to seven full time barbers. Dino's lifestyle of partying and womanizing was just as alive during work hours as it was after hours, and seemingly was bringing in more business than ever!
On September 15, 2000 Dino partnered up with a fellow colleague, bought the business from Nick, and officially opened D&M Split Designs. However during this time Dino found himself becoming extremely empty and began to ponder the purpose of life. Although he was raised Roman Catholic, he had never seen anyone, to the best of his knowledge, truly practice the faith; so he stopped attending church at the age of 14, deeming it irrelevant and outdated.
While in college fulfilling all his prerequisites in science he found himself vehemently denying and even arguing against the existence of God! More so out of the lack of understanding and the vast emotional let downs accumulated over the years than actual evidence against the Creator. He attempted to find happiness in sports, popularity, women, financial success, material gain and drugs. To his disappointment, none of these satisfied. At the age of 26, he had everything he had set out to accomplish and yet was still not content. His most noted testimony is, "I had everything I wanted; A beautiful home, my own business, a new car, multiple women, and a lot of money; and finally came to the realization that if I made a million more dollars, I will simply own more houses, more businesses, more vehicles, sleep with more women and still be empty!
Pastor Dino says:
"Most people are looking for their purpose in nouns (people, places, & things), to complete their lives or make themselves whole. They say, "If I just get this job, car, house, wife, husband, child or even my health back; then I'll be happy." What they fail to realize is that nothing in this world other than God Himself, is perfect. And that it is impossible for something that is imperfect to make someone perfect or whole. If we simply remember the novelty of a new gift we received and how quickly the appeal of it faded over time, we wouldn't be so quick to run after things that soon perish (1 Tim 6:7). There is only one that is eternal, who will never leave us nor forsake us; He is God alone (Heb 13:5)! If your purpose is found in anything else you are sure to be let down since nothing in this world is forever, other than the Lord God Almighty and His love. Although we may find fulfillment in certain areas of our lives we are sure to lack in others. People long for LOVE, and this is what they were created for. The Word of God declares that He is Love and He is Truth. Therefore if any person is on a journey for True Love they will soon learn it does not exist outside Jesus Christ who is Love (1 John 4:16), who is Truth (John 14:6), who is God (John 20:28) and continues to make Himself known. This is why the Word of God says, "And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us," (Acts 17:26-27). God irrefutably can be heard, felt, experienced, and known! It is the Lord's will to have a real tangible personal relationship with every human being, unfortunately, all too often, it is not ours. There are only three possible ways to analyze this statement. Either Jesus Christ and the millions (most who were not believers prior to their conversion, including myself) who claim to have experienced the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, are crazy, compulsive liars, or are simply telling the truth. Why would people risk being scoffed at, ridiculed, ostracized, beat, imprisoned or killed for none of the personal gains they sought prior to experiencing the love of God? The answer is simply because they found and understand TRUE LOVE, who is JESUS CHRIST and are willing to lose family, friends, finances, businesses, and even their lives to tell people the TRUTH! I sincerely pray that people would understand that religion and philosophy can never fill the never ending void in our hearts that God Himself has intended and desires to fill for us!"
Over the years Dino heard numerous testimonies from various believers, from different denominations, who did not know each other personally. They all seemed to testify to the fact that they had and continued to have personal encounters with Jesus and could hear, feel and sometimes supernaturally experience Him no differently than in the stories spoken about in the Bible. Dino decided he was going to have to investigate this for himself. Going to New York City on Saturday evening (click here to read Dino's eye opening Prophetic Night Club Experience) and not returning home until late Sunday morning was the norm for Dino but on this Saturday night, September 30, 2000, he was compelled to stay home.
On October 1, 2000 (Rosh Hashanah The Jewish New Year) Dino woke very early in the morning to walk his dog and had an overwhelming desire to finally attend a church service that a regular customer of his, continued to invite him to. And a new year it was! He attended, heard a message straight from heaven, experienced an overwhelming presence of love and peace, gave his life to God and never looked back. The change was so drastic that mostly everyone including close friends, co-workers and family thought he had lost his mind! Many said that this new Dino would never last. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months and months turned into years but his intensity and love for the Lord only grew stronger!
Overnight, the atmosphere in the Barber Shop went from a religious listening of the Howard Stern morning show coupled with continuous risque conversation loaded with profanity through out the day, pornographic magazines, smoking within the shop, drinking and rolling dice in the back the business, into Christian radio programming being played throughout the day, religious based publications being displayed, profanity and smoking being prohibited and conversations and testimonies of the Lord prevailing.
Being that 80% of the Barber Shop portion of the business was patronized by the Orthodox Jewish community, great concern began to arise. Dino's business partner became more and more fearful since the Jewish community had warned Dino, if he didn't stop speaking about Jesus, that they were going to cut them off and as a result, they would soon lose their business! Dino continually attempted to reassure his partner's growing concerns while repeatedly testifying of what the Lord had already told him was going to happen, but to no avail. As if this wasn't enough Dino also made big internal changes by firing 3 of his seven barbers, one of them being his best barber and #1 earner! This, coupled with the fact that the community issued a religious order forbidding Jews to patronize the business lead to a separation between the barber shop and the hair salon.
On December 1, 2003 Zebulun LLC was birthed and the legacy began. Although it made absolutely NO BUSINESS SENSE, Dino continued to preach Jesus in a town full of religious Jews, initially lost 80% of his business, and gave the former business name and phone number to his partner. He then opened up under a new business name and phone number. Within 1 year's time, he not only didn't go out of business, but without any advertisement what so ever, God blessed the business with 13 workers and the shop became busier than ever.
In September of 2009 the second location was opened in Toms River, NJ; then on December 1, 2010, after 15 years in the Lakewood location the shop moved to Howell, NJ and officially formed a new LLC becoming Zebulun Jesus Is Lord Barber Shop! And most recently, in October of 2011 a third location in Brick, NJ was launched.
Great cuts, friendly service and the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST can be found in all of our three locations. Each shop has its own unique story and resulting testimonies, such as this one, and are told under our testimonial page. Thank you for letting us share, God bless!!!