Marco Demo|| forum funded ::

Marco Demo|| forum funded ::

Country:
Italy
Occupation:
Christian Ministry- Evangelism
Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders
Ministry Focus:
Counseling
Marco Demo is a vice-director of the Italian branch of the Bible Society of Geneva.
When did you trust Christ?
I grew up in a Christian family, gave my life to Christ when I was a small child, and recommitted my life to Christ as a teenager.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
As a teenager in summer camp I realized I wanted a life committed to the Lord. My three years in Bible college also had an important impact on my life and ministry.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The European Leadership Forum will give me a bigger picture of what God is doing around the world, and tools to use in my ministry with refugees. As a manager of the Bible Society, it will give me the opportunity to share my Christian ministry experience and build relationships with other Christian workers around the world.
What is your ministry?
Since 2006, I am vice-director of the Italian branch of the Bible Society of Geneva. I am also responsible for a team of four people in the sales and logistic department. In addition, my wife and I have been working in a ministry for refugees since 2017. We have been serving about 30 people from Pakistan, Somalia, and West Africa, who are mainly Muslims.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was a youth pastor for 16 years organizing summer camps and serving in my local church.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Italy is a very secular country where the Church is small, divided, and lacking vision. Many people know the Bible, but they don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus (and don’t even know that they can). Also, there is a great opportunity to present the love of Christ to the many immigrants from Asia and Africa who would have been difficult to reach otherwise. I feel a strong passion for the lost and the Forum will help me expand ways to reach the lost.
SImone Baccella|| YRM funded ::

SImone Baccella|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Engaging Roman Catholicism

What is your ministry?

My ministry is with the youth in my church. Teaching the Bible, helping them understand why the Bible is true and why Jesus is the only way.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Living in Italy, every evangelical should be interested in understanding Catholicism better. I think it’s crucial as new people joining the church come from a Catholic background and we need to know how to deconstruct their mindset in order to help them understand the deep implication of the Gospel.

What is your leadership role?

At the moment I’m attending the IFED course. I’m part of the leadership team of my church and vice director of OM Italy.

Andrea Becciolini|| YRM funded ::

Andrea Becciolini|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Pastoral Growth

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to mentor students who follow Christ to love him more, know His Gospel better, and be more able to share it with others.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to fix my eyes on Jesus, delighting in Him as a busy gospel worker, learning how to encourage others when I am not encouraged myself, how to lead and love my family well while being focused on my ministry, how to tackle the temptation of fearing people more than God, and how to develop a biblical and culturally relevant discipleship program.

What is your leadership role?

I am a staff worker for GBU Italia (the Italian branch of IFES – International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), and also the Mark Drama Italian director.

Alessandro Piccirillo|| forum funded ::

Alessandro Piccirillo|| forum funded ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Government/Civil Service

Forum Network:
Politics and Society

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Alessandro Piccirillo is a co-pastor in his local church, and a panelist and editor for the Centre of Ethics and Bioethics Studies.

When did you trust Christ?

Born and raised in an evangelical family strongly committed to the local church, I came to give my life to Jesus when I was six, understanding how bad sin was and what was necessary to remove it and to be part of God’s family.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

In my teens I started to question the very basis of my faith. I knew I was saved from eternal damnation, but was very reluctant about submitting my whole life to God. Basically my high school years were spent in an ambiguous condition before God, denying the revealed Creator yet clinging to the hope He really existed and worked in reality. After high school I entered the military, a period which was crucial. Having felt the depths of sin, loneliness and life’s senselessness, I resorted to the Psalms and was brought to understand God’s love in Christ. This brought me back to reconsider what I had been taught in church. I became all the more aware of the necessity of believing though not understanding everything at once, but trusting that the Lord would gradually reveal Himself to me through a life of discipleship and submission to His Word and to His work in my life. I soon rebuilt my life in the local church, pastored by the teaching of elders. I was baptized in December of 2003, married in 2008, and became a deacon in 2012.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

I expect it to be beneficial for two reasons: networking and learning. Learning is always welcome, but networking, especially for Italian evangelicals, is crucial.

What is your ministry?

I am a co-pastor in my local church, and a supporting preacher in a church in a neighboring city. I am involved in the Centre of Ethics and Bioethics Studies in Padua as an editor and panelist. I am involved with the Italian Evangelical Alliance (formally the EEA), as well as with YLGen (Lausanne Movement).

What are your past leadership roles?

Previous to my role as a co-pastor I was a deacon and lay preacher in my local church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I do consider myself a man saved by God and privileged in serving Him in small ways as well as bigger ways, ways that pass my immediate God-given faculties. This is why I need training and networking.

Giuseppe Palermo|| forum funded ::

Giuseppe Palermo|| forum funded ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Apologetics

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

Giuseppe Palermo is a church planter and leads several short-term mission trips in Italy each year.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my decision to trust the Lord at the age of 13 at a Christian summer camp. However, until the age of 19 I was not consistent, and did not have a real grasp of what it meant to follow Jesus. After more study and guidance from other Christians in my life, I recommitted my life to the Lord and the change was evident to all. Since then life with Christ has been much more real.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think the most important thing for me was the training I received at London Theological Seminary. Studying God’s Word and being trained and taught by great men of God was life changing for me. I appreciated the quality time spent with these people, which enabled me to have a much deeper understanding and knowledge of the Word of God, and how to live it out practically on a day-to-day basis.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The teaching at the European Leadership Forum is amazing and a great blessing. The Forum has lots of resources, fellowship, and interaction with other people involved in different ministries throughout Europe. There is good networking and I have received great deal of helpful information for my ministry in Italy. I want to return to the Forum to meet other Christian leaders from all over the world. I want to learn from them and have fellowship with them. I also want to see if there are any opportunities to partner in ministry and to learn how to better pray for my brothers and sisters more effectively.

What is your ministry?

I work among students and am involved with another missionary family in church planting here in Milan. We started off with some small home Bible studies and now rent a building every Sunday to meet and worship together. I am also part of a mission network called Italian Ministries. I am one of the founders of this network and also part of the board. I lead four short term mission trips each year.

What are your past leadership roles?

I spent ten years as part of the eldership of a church that started the church plant Bergamo Free Independent Evangelical Church. During that time I worked with a national mission organization called Operation Mobilization.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My only goal is to reach out to others with the Gospel, to share Christ, and to be involved in telling others the Good News. I also have a heart to help the local church by training and helping young people to preach and teach. There is an urgent need here in Italy and my burden is great, so any investment is greatly appreciated.

Giuseppina Giaccio|| forum funded ::

Giuseppina Giaccio|| forum funded ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counsellors

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

Giuseppina Giaccio is the pastoral care and discipleship coordinator in her local church.

When did you trust Christ?

I made my original decision to follow Jesus 18 years ago after a friend shared the Gospel with me. Prior to that, I professed atheism. I went through a long process of reading the Bible for two years. Then I surrendered my heart to Jesus.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

There are four defining moments in my Christian walk that have impacted my life. The first time was when I had just become a Christian and I started to share my faith with family and friends. The second was about four years later when my 20-year-old sister got cancer. The third was when the Lord moved me to a new city and called me to serve Him in a new way. The final moment was when I met my husband.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum equips Christian leaders. In my case, my desire is to do pastoral care in the church, so I want to learn how to do so more effectively.

What is your ministry?

My vision is to create a culture of mutual support that influences every part of the healthy growth of the church community. I am working in my church as the pastoral care and discipleship coordinator. My mission is to support and restore the spiritual health of people who are in the midst of the circumstances of suffering, distress, or dependence, so that they can be freed, encouraged, and healed by the Word of God through the support of the community. I am also intentional in building relationships based on the knowledge of Jesus for the construction of a solid identity both as an individual and as part of the community. This ministry places itself at the base of the culture of mutual support and, therefore, develops the responsibility and privilege of supporting each other. I have created discipleship-mentoring-coaching groups, which are instruments of mutual nurturing, encouragement, and support. Leadership development is often a result of this process.

What are your past leadership roles?

I served in my first church as a leader for teenagers, and I organized camps for them. Then in my current church I was a small group facilitator and mentor for young adults and women.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I live in Rome, Italy. There is a huge need for disciples of Jesus Christ to impact the city and the country.

Leonardo Cerasino|| forum funded ::

Leonardo Cerasino|| forum funded ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting

Forum Network:
Church Life, Leadership, and Planting

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

Leonardo Cerasino is the pastor and founder of a church in Parma, Italy.

When did you trust Christ?

I put my trust in Christ on March 4, 1989, in the city of Viterbo, Italy. I was in a military area and was thinking about how somebody had told me, just a few days before, about her personal relationship with Jesus. It was then that I started to pray alone and as a result really began to feel God’s presence. After that day I began studying the New Testament and since then have been growing in my relationship with Christ.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the most crucial moments was in 1990 when I decided not to follow my dream of becoming an officer in the military. Though I wanted this, I knew that God was calling me in a different direction. That was a major decision in my life, but I knew it was in obedience to God’s will and he has shown me so much through this decision.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Italy is a very secular country, and as a result I often feel isolated from what else is happening with other Christians across Europe. The Forum has been an incredibly valuable experience as it has connected me with other leaders across Europe and allowed me to see what God is doing all over Europe. It is also a valuable place for me to develop my skills as a leader and teacher so I can best serve those in my church and at Progetto Archippo. Finally, we are planting a new church, so the training and mentoring I receive in the Forum’s Church Planters Network will be invaluable as we are involved in this process.

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a church in Parma, Italy. My wife and I founded this church in 2003 and the church has grown to over 250 members. In addition to leading this church, I organize groups within the church, develop leaders, and teach others. I am also the Vice President and Founder of Progetto Archippo, a formation school in Parma. I am able to teach and lead at this school as well and make it my ministry to do so with the love of Christ.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Through the support of others, I can be better equipped to be a leader in my church and to serve others through my ministry. Additionally, my ministry is building leaders of the future and attending the Forum is a significant factor in helping develop these leaders.

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