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Hallelujah and praise the Lord! A new preacher is coming to town — and he is making some big promises.

Pastor Michael Casale says he’ll start doling out “miracles and prophecies” when his new church opens this week in Bay Ridge.

“Bring the sick and receive your miracle,” said Casale, who will oversee the Cavalry Praise and Worship Center, a new non-denominational church at 367 94th St. “Come and receive your touch from the Lord.”

Casale certainly talks the talk.

“We do miracles, prophecies — more than your average church,” he told The Stoop. “We have performed many miracles in the name of Jesus Christ, and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.”

Casale claims to also perform a “laying of the hands,” an act where parishioners are touched in the forehead and often collapse to ground or faint from the power of God.

“I know it is real because it happened to me when I was 13 years old,” said Casale, who claimed to be licensed by the “Summary of God,” an independent ordination group. “It is a great feeling, but hard to describe. Kind of like electricity all through your body.”

Still, some local residents are skeptical of the self-professed supernatural powers of the new preacher man of Bay Ridge.

“Is this a joke?” asked Megan Desanto. “Are we in the Bible Belt? I am not buying any of this crap.”

Why Bay Ridge? True, the pastor’s day job is as a court liaison for the 68th Precinct in the neighborhood — but he says he didn’t choose Bay Ridge, but that Bay Ridge chose him.

“I felt called to Bay Ridge,” he said. “But there were never any openings until now.”

One woman said she might attend the first service on June 3. She also said that even though her mind was open, her wallet was closed.

“It couldn’t hurt to go and check it out,” said the woman, who declined to give her name. “But you can be certain that I am not going to let my wallet out of sight for even one moment.”

Updated 4:29 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John Stevens from Bensonhurst says:
This man is a fake. His Church used to be located in the 60's in a small oriental church. Until they threw him out, he also claimed at that time that he was with the assemblies of God, not even sure if thats true, but if it were, THEY probably threw him out too.
On weekends, you can find him drinking himself into a stooper in any kareoke pub, with some of his parishoners, and groping women young and old. and then driving drunk all the way to wherever he calls home. He's a disgrace.
May 13, 2008, 1:43 am
Sammy Buell from Tottenville says:
This man is an alcoholic and murderer and lives in Staten Island.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/brooklyn-minister-jailed-leaving-fatal-accident-scene-article-1.2286424
Dec. 8, 2016, 4:23 pm
Jonn cirrillo from Staten island says:
This MAN is one of the most HUMBLE men I ever MET ...WHAT he LOOKS LIKE and who he is...is two different people..DONT judge a book by ITS. Cover..HES living..caring and will be there for you! I THINK these people talking negative about HIM are JUST OUT RIGHT jealous! Of HIM...he is a very handsome MAN...and IM STRAIGHT as could be!..ME and MY family are HONORED to KNOW this PASTOR. And YES he has a gift to heal people..I KNOW people personally that WERE HEALED
Through his ministry...and he is an AWSOME people person...and the person who CALLED HIM a murderer and he touches WOMAN YOU are SO WRONG and it seems you maybe you are a jealous person...MICHAEL CASALE is a MAN OF GOD...SO BE CAREFUL!
April 8, 2017, 8:11 pm
JOHN CIRRILLO from STATEN ISLAND says:
I Also WOUL LIKE TO SAY THAT Pastor Casale IS Not AN ALCOHOLIC NOR A Fake YES I Have SAT DOWN AND HAD A Glass OF Wine WITH HIM AND NEVER LOST CONTROL ...I should NOT EVEN SAY THAT BUT I DO Cause HE HAS HELPED ME AND MY Family Tremrndously..IVE SEEN THIS MAN HAND PEOPLE Money Right OUT OF HIS Pocket TO HELP PEOPLE..HE HAS A BIG HEART FOR THE LESS Fortunate THAT YOU WOULD PUSH ASIDE OR Wouldnt WANT TO BE SEEN WITH! AND HE WAS NEVER Thrown OUT OF THE Church you don't Know What YOUR TALKING About HE MOVED ON... THATS A FACT AND YES HE Was LICENSED WITH THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD. IF YOU DONT BELIEVE IT CALL THEM UP! ITS A SHAME THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU WRITE FALSE ACCUSATIONS ABOUT SOMEONE YOU DONT EVEN KNOW! HE TRULY IS A MAN OF GOD AND FAITH....TO THE PERSON THAT CALLS HIM A FAKE I MUST TELL YOU YOUR A FAKE...AND REMEMBER GOD IS OUR JUDGE SO BE CAREFUL KID!
April 8, 2017, 8:37 pm
Pastor Bil from Brooklyn says:
I will SAY this about PASTOR CASALE IVE BEEN priveledged to KNOW HIM he is one of the nicest people YOULL ever MEET...and this one thing I KNOW of HIM and his ministry many women have WALKED into his ministry seeking HIM...instead of God!..he HAD confided in ME BOUT this PROBLEM and would boldly TELL these WOMAN and I have heard HIM SAY...your conning to this church for the WRONG REASON so then these WOMAN would MAKE false ACCUSATIONS against this MAN of God....THATS all I WANT to SAY ...I was surfing the web and CAME across this site...and felt I needed to PUT my input about PASTOR casale...I GUESS PASTOR CASALE any publicity GOOD or BAD can benifit...my words to you BROTHER is KEEP on keeping on KEEP the faith....the accused JESUS PUT HIM DOWN so who are we...God BLESS YOU BROTHER and I hope to SEE you SOON...PASTOR bill!
April 8, 2017, 8:54 pm
Johk from bklyn from Bklyn bay rdge says:
I know pastor castle personally he is a genuine pastor u people are an Embarrassment to my friend he is a man of God if u judge u thank u John smith
Jan. 25, 2018, 12:58 pm
Johk from bklyn from Bklyn bay rdge says:
You people should be ashamed of yourself the way you talk about a minister that man is truly a man of God be careful who you judge God will judge you Jesus said that I know Pastor Casale personally for years he's a beautiful person he made a mistake don't judge him look at your problems not anyone else's thank you Eric
Jan. 25, 2018, 12:59 pm
Eric bklyn from Bklyn says:
Is an honest man he's always been an honest man I know him for numerous years
Jan. 25, 2018, 1 pm

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