Lucio and Cristina Stanisci - Rome, Italy
Lucio was born in Rome, Italy, in 1966 and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at age 24, in November 1990, after a long period of personal crises. He was baptized in 1993 in the "Berea" Independent Gospel Church of Rome. Lucio has been married to Cristina since August 1998. They have three children, Rebecca, Davide, and Mattia.
Growing under the elders' teaching Lucio started serving in the church, and through evangelism; in 1994 the Lord called him for a period of further Biblical training. He first attended the "School of Christian Living" (SVC) for ten intensive weeks in 1994. In 1996 he started attending the "Istituto Biblico Evangelico Italiano" (IBEI) where he graduated in 1999.
From 1999 to July 2005 he served full time in the "Berea" church in Rome as youth pastor, pastor of outreach ministry, as well as providing discipleship and Biblical counseling. He also taught and preached regularly in the church. From 2003 to 2005 he served as one of the elders of the church in Rome and from 2001 to 2005 he wrote for the singles magazine "Punti Fermi." Lucio and Cristina have also been involved for many years in the ministry at the Institute of Isola del Gran Sasso (IBEIsola) by teaching, preaching, and helping out with the camps and conferences for children, youth, and families.
In August 2005 he enrolled at The Master's Seminary in California, where he graduated with his Masters of Divinity in 2009. After completing his studies, he has returned to Italy to pastor a local church as well as be involved in the ministry of the Italian Theological Academy.