Mike Anticoli is Victory Global Missions Fellowship’s Vice President. Together with Pastor Peter, Mike serves as the direct overseer of VCGF's ministries in Eastern Europe and Africa. He also provides oversight to the Latin American Directors, Carlos and Madeline Aguayo.
Mike's long-time work on the mission field is invaluable to VCGF. Over the past 25 years he and his family lived and served full time in several countries within Africa, Europe and Eastern Europe. His work has been extensive from church planting, ministry school planting; and various outreach ministries such as coffee house ministries, organizing crusade evangelism, drop-in centers and more.
Mike loves to network within the Body of Christ and his greatest joys in ministry have been times of interdenominational cooperation. He is ‘Great Commission’ minded and loves to encourage and equip others while helping to providing them with opportunities to reach the lost and fulfill their God given potential and vision. Mike takes many individuals and teams every year to serve at the various VCGF ministry locations. Connecticut born and raised, he and his wife Angelika (who is from Germany) are currently based in North Sweden.
To date, hundreds of pastors and missionaries have been trained in the schools of ministry. Afterwards, they go out and plant churches. Thus far, they've planted dozens of churches. The work is far reaching. The churches are growing and there is now a need of full-time pastors.
We are one of the few in the world who have succeeded in developing ongoing relationships and churches within the Pygmy people group. We have 4 churches thus far. The Pygmy people have faced many challenges, primarily due to being attacked repeatedly by rebel groups. We are working to provide safe housing and meet the medical needs, as the government does not provide for these things even in light of the war and attacks.
Pastor Ilia Iliev and his wife Daniella are pastoring at Life of Victory Christian Center in Bulgaria. The church is growing exponentially at this point in time. The congregation is coming from the north, south, east, and west. God has brought people from many other nations to the congregation, and university students are traveling every weekend. The Lord is bringing many young people with great potential and a second service will be added soon, to accommodate the growth.
VCGF is partnered with and provides oversight to an active ministry in Russia, which is growing while still facing challenges with the new regulations imposed by the government. Additionally, there is a ministry to street children that is active each week in different drop-in centers. A summer camp is provided for the children as well.
Latin American works are currently being done in the countries of Colombia and Cuba.
There are more than two dozen churches in Colombia that are directly associated with Victory/VCGF. Underneath these churches there are approximately 60 rural mission cells established all over 3 large provincial regions: Sucre, Cordoba & Bolivar. We have three leadership training schools that run every 6 months, one in Cordoba and two in Sucre.
Adult and youth teams from Victory and VCGF routinely travel to Columbia to minister to the people there. Close ties with the local government authorities enable missionaries to conduct outreaches to several under-privileged communities, including areas affected by years of armed conflict.
Breakthrough in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba has made it possible for VCGF to do missions trips and expand the work to many areas on the Caribbean island. Victory/VCGF works in association with some churches that have been granted legal status by the Cuban government. We take teams to Cuba to provide aid and equipping conferences for leaders and church members. We have also provided some relief to victims of the devastating 2016 and 2017 hurricanes.