Pastor Mario Schiavone
Pastor Mario Schiavone was raised in a Roman Catholic home. His family had migrated to Australia from Italy in the early 1960’s, and he was born and grew up on the North Shore of Sydney. After completing his primary schooling at Artarmon Public School, Mario attended Crows Nest Boys High School. It was there that he made new friends that invited him to a Saturday night youth meeting at Metropolitan Baptist church. This is where Mario heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached solely from the Bible. As a result, he received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. The year was 1978, and he was fourteen years old.
After a few years of initial struggles during his teens, Mario surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ for Christian service. He determined to no longer live to meet his own desires but instead to please his Lord and Saviour. He loved rugby league and while playing for the Willoughby Leagues Club, was selected to play for the junior grades of the North Sydney Leagues club. But God revealed to him that no man can serve two masters, for either he will love the one and hate the other. So he chose to say “no” to this passion to become a professional football player and made a deliberate decision to take up his cross and follow Jesus Christ. He therefore enrolled into Sydney Bible Baptist College, a ministry of Metropolitan Baptist Church in 1984 to prepare for the full-time ministry.
After graduating from Sydney Bible Baptist College in 1986, Pastor Schiavone was married the following year and began a pastoral internship, enjoying almost five years as a youth pastor in the North Parramatta area before God called him into the ministry of an Evangelist. During this time he was privileged to travel throughout Australia and parts of New Zealand preaching the Word of God.
Pastor Schiavone was formally ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1991. It was in the same year that he returned to his home church, Metropolitan Baptist Church, where he continued his ministry as an Evangelist and also helped with the youth ministry.
Metropolitan Baptist Church had been started in 1974; and, after twenty years of faithful ministry till 1994, the founding pastor, Pastor Marvin Matthews believed it was time to hand over the ministry to a younger man. In 1995, Pastor Schiavone was called to be the new pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church. The church where he received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal saviour, was baptised and trained for the ministry. He has continued serving as the pastor of the church for the past twenty-one years.
Pastor Schiavone is married to the best and only wife he has ever had since 1987 and has three delightful children. He and his family continue to live and to minister in the area that is known to him as the “fertile crescent” and the cradle of civilisation, Sydney, Australia.
You can read his fuller salvation testimony in the booklet below: