Rabbi Michael Calise is from a Sephardic Jewish background. His Jewish grandmother was raised in a rabbi’s home in Turkey. He came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah of Israel in his early twenties and immediately sensed a call from God to prepare for full-time ministry and he enrolled in Bible college. God also called him back to his Jewish roots and Jewish ministry which led to him joining the Jewish ministries group at Bible College. He received his ordination from the Assemblies of God and his Masters of Theology from Pentecostal Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Carol, have been the messianic rabbis of Beth Emanuel Synagogue, an Assembly of God congregation, in Holbrook, NY, since 1994. They have two children who serve alongside them at the congregation. He continues to share his passion for Jewish people within the Assemblies of God and actively reaches out to see Jewish people come to faith in their Messiah through the ministry of Beth Emanuel.