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having received Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour in 1974, a few years later he resigned from his profession as X-Ray medical technician to go into full-time ministry, answering the Lord’s inner calling: "Do you want to continue to reach the bones of people or you want to collaborate with me in reaching their hearts?”. As a result, he came under the mentorship of a missionary couple to Italy from Oklahoma City, Rev. Frank and Tommie Farnsworth, and was the first student to enroll at their Bible Training Center in Rome, then joining the staff on the teaching role. He started the ministry as worship leader and song writer, then moving into areas such as evangelism, translation of books, dubbing, interpreting on stage, radio and Tv programs. Following his ordination in 1983, he got involved in the planting of churches nationwide and assisting in the work of the ministry of M.I.E. In 1983 and 1986, he was part of the Italian delegation, as interpreter, at the Billy Graham International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, in Amsterdam, Holland.
Maurizio met his wife Tuula, from Finland, at the Bible Training Center in Rome, and they got married in 1982. Tuula had come in 1978 to Italy as missionary, and had been working in Finland in the office of the Christian monthly newspaper "The Herald of of His Coming”. Maurizio and Tuula were part of a team in starting an English speaking Christian fellowship among the international population in Rome. In 1995, they moved from Rome together with their three children, sensing God's calling to establish their ministry in the city of Florence. On September 1999, they founded an Italian church and Christian center in the town of Castelfiorentino, 43 km. from Florence, and pastured there through the year 2004. In December, 2006 they started the first official meeting of the “Florence Gospel Fellowship International”, doing ministry in Florence through the year 2014. In 2015 they relocated their ministry in the city of Anagni, 1 hour southeast of Rome, for the management of the M.I.E. center, and to pasture an independent church and Christian center in the southwest part of Rome.
Maurizio is one of the founders of C.A.T.M.A. (a theological refresher course and non-denominational methodology, the educational branch of M.I.E.) serving more than 300 churches, missionary stations, and the planting of new churches, all throughout Italy. At present he is focusing on leadership, training, counseling, coaching, and mentoring.
Resume Christian Education:
- Bible Training Center in Rome, 1981, Diploma of Biblical Studies
- Jacksonville Theological Seminary, 2002, Bachelor of Theology
- Everlasting Chip Ministry University International (E.C.M.U.I), 2005, Master of Theology in Biblical Studies
- Scuola di Psicoterapia Comparata di Firenze, 2006, Counselor in the helping relation
- Institute Of Theology and Christian Therapy, 2008, Dr. of Biblical Psychology
- E.C.M.U.I. , 2010, Dr. of Theology
- Christian Leadership University, 2012, Dr. of Christian Counseling
- Life Beakthrough Academy, 2012, Certified Life Breakthrough Coach
- Dynamic Church Planting International, 2013, Certified Trainer
Maurizio’s mission statement:
motivating, connecting, empowering, to the highest purpose in life.