Pastor Charlie Caviola - Lead Pastor
Pastor Charlie Caviola is a native of Greenwich CT. He graduated from Greenwich High School class of 1999, Iona College class of 2003, and Alliance Theological Seminary class of 2008 He has been involved in children's and youth ministry and worship before becoming an assitant pastor. Pastor Charlie was led start Revive in 2015 in Stamford, CT.. At Revive Pastor Charlie teaches, preaches, trains and equips people to live out their calling. Pastor Charlie is passionate about reconnecting people with their true identity and the heart of God. In 2019, his book Free Spirit which is about re-discovering your God-given identity, was published. Small groups across the country have been using this book as a teaching tool for transformation.
A 49ers fan and a former martial arts competitor, Charlie gave up a chance to compete in the World Martial Arts Olympics to enter into his calling. Charlie has a heart to see people have a real experience with Jesus and to fall in love with their savior. He has been married to his wife Carla since 2009 and they have 3 beautiful daughters.
Carla was born in Brazil and lived in Brazil and Canada for many years, before feeling led to come to the USA. She is passionate about helping people realize the reality of God in their lives and in world today. She loves to teach and equip people on how to hear and discern God as well as how to cooperate with His Holy Spirit in many capacities; in order to fulfill God’s will and destiny for them, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Carla helps to spearhead intercession and healing prayer at Revive as well as through outreach and in daily life. She also oversees and participates with the Revive Kids ministry support team. Besides her ministry involvement, Carla is a professional counselor and has worked in different business settings over the years. She has a BA in Communications, Marketing and Advertising.
After university, God led her to attend the Apostolic Resource Center; a school of ministry in CT; which was affiliated with the Wagner Leadership Institute. God then directed her to complete a Masters in Counseling from Nyack College, where she also studied Spiritual Formation, Theology in the Global Context and Systematic Theology. She has been involved various multi- cultural settings abroad and in the NY/CT area. Carla speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and has also studied French and German in her childhood.
Beyond ministry and work, Carla loves to spend time with Charlie, her 3 girls and their new puppy! She loves her family and friends and Revive community and is grateful for them all. She also enjoys learning each day! Her interests are people, culture, travel, animals, sports and of course the sun and beach - her favorite place.
Carla Caviola - Leader
Paul Barker - Leader
Paul is a man on a mission. He has a passion and heart to serve, as well as for the homeless population in and around our region. He started the Acts 2 ministry 16 years ago, which reaches out to the homeless and those in need in the greater Stamford CT area. He facilitates a small group in Stamford and he is passionate about helping others grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus. Paul is married to his lovely wife Mary and they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.
Marilin Estrella - Worship Leader
I grew up in a Christian home, but received Christ as my personal Savior at the age of 14. It has been the most important decision in my life and by God's grace, I still stand by it.
In that church I met my now husband, and gave birth to my beautiful son. It's where my spiritual life became strong, and were I became a wife and mother.
I began singing in my church, Church of the Nazarene, about 6 to 7 years ago. I then learned to play the piano and vocally challenged myself. About a year and a half ago, God took me through a process of taking my worship to the next level. At the time Oceans by Hillsong was my favorite song but the song quickly became more than a song. God literally took me into deeper waters. While for a long time being part of the worship team was mainly about singing, God took me out of my comfort zone and broke all borders to take me into a deeper level of worship. Serving Him is my hearts desire, not for my glory, but for His.
Ernst Schirmer - Revive kids Director
Ernst, married to Lorraine, an early learning/preschool teacher, was born in Lucerne, near the Swiss Alpine mountains. He was educated in Switzerland and Paris/France and also became a certified officer of the Swiss Air Force before launching his international banking and finance career which took him to North America, back to Europe and frequent travels to Asia before finally settling down in Fairfield County. Both in Stamford and Greenwich he also expanded his Christ-centered “church career” and volunteering, across Adult and Children’s Ministries at local churches where the Lord had him meet and connect with Pastor Charlie and Prayer Warrior Carla.
As an outdoor enthusiast, Ernst’s passion is to share and experience our beautiful world that our Lord created and is very excited about being a lead organizer and moderator-facilitator for our Revive Kids Church programs and events. Our aim is to facilitate that our Revive Kids are developing a personal relationship with our Lord and that they are having opportunities to make Christ-centered friendships, in a combination of fun activities, experiences, prayer and biblical teachings, with their friends at our Revive Kids Church. Reach our moderator-facilitator team and Ernst at: firstname.lastname@example.org or you may find him riding his bicycle, hiking in our local parks, jogging or playing tennis.