Most people’s everyday lives are about meeting their basic needs. Food, water, shelter, and relationships with their family and friends take precedence. However, Pastor Mike Signorelli knows that there is more, and spirituality is an essential part of the human condition.
Pastor Signorelli became an atheist during college. However, as an adult, he attended a futurist conference where he had a profound experience that made him give faith a second thought.
“At the last session of the conference, the preacher talked about how the greatest need for the future of humanity will be spirituality,” says Pastor Signorelli. “It made me realize that not only I but everyone around me is desperate for meaning, and we can find that through faith.”
Now, Signorelli is the Lead Pastor and Founder of V1 Church in Queens, a borough of New York City. It has multiple sites, and the church continues to grow.
“Since I used to be an atheist, I don’t want to be a cliché type of pastor,” he says. “I want to relate to skeptics and nonbelievers, not turn them away. Everyone can benefit from spirituality. I want to bridge the gap between the secular and the sacred.”
Pastor Signorelli is passionate about making sure his church gives back to the community.
“During the past three years, we’ve set up programs to donate gifts to homeless shelters in New York City,” he says. “It helps us be grateful for what we have and help others who are less fortunate.”
All told, the members of V1 Church have donated $300,000 worth of gifts to these shelters in the past three years, making a huge impact on the community. Generosity is one of the core values of the congregation, and they strive to live by that during all times of the year. The church also wants to show that they can be a conduit of generosity for the community, even during times of crisis.
Pastor Signorelli wants to inspire the congregation of his church in other ways, too. He had to drop out of high school in the tenth grade to care for his mother, who couldn’t care for herself. He easily could have given up, but he didn’t. He went back to school to get his GED once she was well, then graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington. He even taught a college class about world religion.
“Life will always have struggles,” says Pastor Signorelli. “You can get through them yourself, but it’s easier to turn to a community as we have at V1 Church to gain strength and support.”
V1 Church has a common saying. “Come once, and you’re our guest. Come twice, and you’re our family. Pastor Signorelli strives to create an exciting, contemporary worship experience that has a practical message.
Pastor Signorelli and his congregation are working hard to make New York City and the world a better place during this trying time. Even as things get harder, they won’t give up.