MICHAEL A. CAPARRELLI, PhD (abd)

Michael Caparrelli was born and bred in Providence, Rhode Island, a troubled kid who squandered his adolescence in institutions such as juvenile jails and psychiatric hospitals. When he was 18 years old, his life was transformed by the power of Jesus Christ, and he was fathered by Pastor Pat Manzo, the current Superintendent of New England and New Jersey Teen Challenge.

In 2004, he graduated from Zion Bible College with his Bachelors Degree in Biblical Theology and was appointed the Ministries Director and later on, Ministries Pastor, under Pastor Manzo's leadership as well as Pastor Tony Palow at NPAG. Under his oversight, he started over 25 support groups and small groups within that congregation that focus on subjects such as addiction recovery, anger management and other relevant subjects.

From 2006-2008, he served as an instructor at Zion Bible College; teaching classes in performing arts - acting, writing and directing plays. He also wrote, directed and produced 10 drama productions that were showcased in 8 different venues throughout New England, New York, drawing audiences of thousands of people.

In 2009, he graduated from Liberty University with his Master's Degree in Education. In that same year, along with 25 people, he started Sacred Exchange Fellowship as a church plant under North Providence Assembly of God covering. The vision of that church plant was to become a spiritual hospital for the spiritually sick. From 2009 to 2019, it has grown from 25 people - nearly 300 people with two services every Sunday morning.

In January 2020, he finishes his PhD in Behavioral Science with an emphasis upon Addiction Psychology. His doctoral dissertation is entitled, 'The Impact of Involvement With the Evangelical Church upon the Recovery Journey of People with Chemical Addictions". Currently, he’s a keynote speaker in churches, schools and other venues across the nation on subjects such as depression, addiction, grief, early childhood trauma, etc.

His non-profit organization, UNMUTED, is geared towards giving those who were victimized by traumatic experiences their voices back. In January 2020, his book entitled, "Pen your Pain Into Parables: a therapeutic tool for those recovering from trauma" will be released along with an accompanying journal.