Pastor Phil and Lydia, Founders

A Divine Visitation

In 2005 the Lord through a divine visitation, instructed my wife and I to move to Messina Italy and establish a bible school and a church. In the summer of 2007 we made the relocation to Messina, on the Sicilian island and in the spring of 2009 we founded "Christian Training Center of Messina" (Centro Addestramento Cristiano di Messina).

About Us

Phil was born in New Jersey, USA, son to a missionary sent to Messina, Italy.  Phil received his education in Sicily Italy until he was 17 years of age when he returned to the US.   Soon after his return to the US he joined the USAF. After being honorably discharged he founded an Aviation business in Westerly, RI, serving several of the military branches for 25 years. Since 2007 Phil, together with his wife Lydia, who is from the Tampa, FL area, received a supernatural call from God, to leave business, home, and beloved country to go back to Italy and start a bible school and a church named “Centro Addestramento Cristiano  di Messina”.  The church in Messina was inaugurated in 2009 and has experienced tremendous growth since its founding. The Messina church and the bible school have produced fine men and women with a unique desire to serve Jesus.


Our mission is to teach people how to walk with Jesus on a daily basis and so fulfill the Great Commission here in the city of Messina, its province, and beyond. We are a nondenominational full Gospel ministry that follows the format of the early church found in the book of Acts. Our message is centered on the Person of Jesus, as the son of God, Head and Bridegroom of the Church, Savior, Healer, and Deliverer of humanity. Our outreach is mainly to the catholic and evangelical community, and believe that the city is our church. Our mission is to take newly born believers from spiritual birth to being conformed to the image of Christ, living by Godly principles as outlined in God's word. We believe that it is the Holy Spirit that transforms lives, setting men free from every form of religiosity and fear, of both God and man. At the core of our mission rules the insatiable desire to prepare for Jesus, disciples, with a clear vision of the kingdom of God; training them to develop a passionate heart for God and His Son Jesus. Souls committed to one and only mission: making famous the name of Jesus.


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3757 Gulf Shores Pkwy Suite BB
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Centro Addestramento Cristiano di Messina
Contrada Campolino
Santa Lucia sopra Contesse
98126 Messina ME