In these trying times, mental health has become a prevalent issue. Many people today struggle with anxiety, isolation, fear, and even depression. And pastor and mental health advocate Mike Signorelli shares that he knows of the antidote to today’s growing mental health pandemic. The solution, he shares, is older than time itself. It’s the love of God.
Mike Signorelli is the lead pastor and founder of the V1 church in New York City. The organization aims to provide guests and congregants with relevant teaching, spiritual worship experiences, authentic relationships, and socially responsible action. The success of the ministry was nothing short of a miracle. Located in an area where less than 5 percent of the population frequented a worship place, the church has boomed in attendance and membership in the three years it has existed. Many millennials, entrepreneurs, atheists, and agnostics have come through V1’s doors and joined the family.
Pastor Mike understands what it’s like to thrive in times of chaos. After dropping out of the tenth grade to take care of his four siblings and bedridden mother, he would quickly become the man of the house. But despite tough times, Mike Signorelli persevered through the challenge and would gain his bachelor’s degree only a few years after he dropped out of high school.
He would later give his life to God’s service as a full-time vocational minister in his hometown of Indiana. Later, he would hear from the Lord and receive a prompting to move to New York to start a church in the city. He and his wife Julie, along with their two daughters Bella and Everly, would heed the call. Today, the V1 church stands as a testimony to God’s calling in their lives and their sacrificial obedience.
He now pastors a church that reaches out to those who are hurt, lost, and broken. He has helped many people through some of the deepest moments of anguish and led them into the relentless grace of God. Nowadays, he frequently uses digital channels to share wisdom and encouragement on faith, anger management, emotional intelligence, mental wellness, and spirituality. While Pastor Mike knows that spirituality is not the only ingredient to psychological healing, he maintains that it plays a significant factor. Experts have found that people with a spiritual outlook on life are more likely to be resilient in times of personal and wide-scale crisis. The New York-based pastor could not agree more.
Pastor Mike Signorelli’s vision for his church is to be a “safe haven” for all the unchurched and “de-churched” who have experienced pain, whether from past religious organizations or the ever chaotic uncertainty of times. He believes that faith in the gospel’s message and a firmly found faith in the power of Christ over one’s life can help a person survive and even thrive in the hardest of times.
As the world continues to war against the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people feel the adverse effects of the world crisis. In these times, V1 Church continues to serve others in spiritual and practical ways. The church community launched Church Online, which reaches thousands of people through YouTube and in-app service streams. The church also continues to put their faith in concrete action by giving gifts to shelters and underprivileged communities. The church congregation has donated 300,000 dollars to and through charitable programs in the past three years.
Today, Pastor Mike uses his platforms, both offline and online, to share a message of hope to the broken. To follow more of his teachings, content, and exhortations, visit his Instagram account and V1 Church’s website.