History

Tom Mahairas has spent that last 40 plus years encouraging, equipping and empowering people of all races and income levels in the United States and around the world to recognize and accomplish their God given purpose in life.

 Tom (Anastasio’s Mahairas) emigrated from Thessaloniki, Greece to America with his family at the age of 7.  He quickly became involved in gang activity in the Washington heights area, and later was heavily involved in the hippie and drug scene during the 1960’s in NYC. He was actively involved in leading marches and channeling his ability to inspire people in the wrong direction.

After a series of life changing events, including a short stay in a psych ward in Manhattan, Tom set out on a journey to find himself.  Thinking he was a reincarnation of Jesus Christ, he hitchhiked upstate NY and ended up wandering the streets of Schroon Lake getting in trouble.  It was during this time that he was approached by a group of people from Word of Life (Christian Camping Ministry and Bible School) and was shared the message of the Gospel.  Through the love and commitment to sharing the truth with Tom, his eyes were opened to the fact that he was not Jesus but did need Jesus.  He shared this wonderful news with his girlfriend of three years, Victoria Riccardella.  On the advise of leaders at Word of Life they were offered an opportunity to attend a very conservative Christian Bible School down South. It was a far cry from the life two New York hippies were living for the past three years.  Tom and Vicky made a commitment to heading back to NYC after graduating and starting a Church in the area he had run the streets on.  They got married while in college their junior year and had their first of 5 children in 1972.   They moved back to Manhattan where they began a small Bible study in their home in Washington heights that later became the Manhattan Bible Church.  The Bible study grew and they rented a basement level of a building to open the Manhattan Bible Church.  MBC acquired a building on 205th street in Manhattan and began to grow.  A few years Tom founded the Manhattan Christian Academy.  Tom’s vision to reach the hurting and hopeless of NYC was not only holistic, but at the time very unconventional.  He later founded a drug rehabilitation center in upstate NY called Transformation Life Center, a feeding the homeless program (Love Kitchen), a summer outreach evangelism-training program (New York GO).  

Shortly after the death of Tom’s mentor Jack Wyrtzen, tom felt the call on his life to take this holistic vision for ministry and message to people around the world.  Tom founded CitiVision, whose mission would be to make, motivate and equip disciples to reach their cities with the gospel.  CitiVision Camps was one the tools that Tom used to do this.  During the years when CitiVision camps was operating kids of all ages would come for either a basketball camp or a wild wild west experience to hear about the gospel.  The camp also operated as a conference center.  Recently the camp property was sold to an organization and donated to a ministry mission and vision is the same as CitiVision.  Camp Grace currently operates at the facility, which was CitiVision Camps.  Tom 

Tom continues to preach, teach, and motivate people all around the world to use whatever means they can to reach their full God given potential.  His anointed ability to inspire passion and to ignite a vision for reaching their city with the gospel is infectious.  Tom and Vicky currently live in the NYC area.  He is an active Elder at Manhattan Bible Church and preaches there on occasion.  He trains the men of Transformation Life Center weekly when he is in town and is an active board member.  He is currently President and founder of CitiVision where he travels to churches, schools, and prisons, private and public events and shares his passion and vision for seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel.
Tom has partnered with numerous ministries around the world to accomplish this mission.   To invite Tom Mahairas to speak at your event please contact him at info@citivison.org
You can also call 212-567-6411.   Please visit www.citivision.org to sign up for our newsletter or to see pictures and videos that are ministry related.  

 


Ministry Time Line

1974: Founded Manhattan Bible Church (www.manhattanbible.com)
1976: Founded Manhattan Christian Academy (www.mcanyc.org)
1982: Founded Transformation Life Center
1985: Founded New York GO (www.newyorkgo.org)
1987: Founded The Love Kitchen (http://nyclovekitchen.org)
1996: Founded CitiVision Ministries (www.citivision.org)


Tom is focused on evangelism, training leaders, and sharing the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ locally, nationally, and internationally.


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