Pastor Mike and his family joined the Calvary family in November 2010. He has been married to Julie since 2005 and has two boys: Jonah (2008) and Silas (2010).
Mike joins Calvary after previously serving as the Minister of Music at Lakewood Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Master of Divinity Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to ministry and seminary, Mike served as a public school music teacher in St. Clair, Minnesota.
Pastor Mike’s call to ministry:
“I was raised in a traditional faith in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Questioning the validity of the faith I was raised in, I became an agnostic / atheist, studying various world religions and ended up following Eastern philosophical traditions. Believing that morality was one of the keys to enlightenment, the only friends that I truly enjoyed spending time with were Christians, who showed me the abundant life possible through Christ. During my freshman year in college, I received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of my life. I then became involved with my university’s Campus Crusade for Chris (CRU) chapter, where I was on the leadership team and led worship at weekly meetings for a year and a half. It was also in college where I met my wife, Julie. At a CRU Christmas conference, both my wife (then fiancee) and I felt the Lord’s calling on our lives to vocational ministry, separately but at the same time. After a time of prayer and consideration, we were led to believe I was being called into pastoral ministry. In August 2007 we moved to Louisville, Kentucky to begin my school at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In May 2009, I took on the position of Minister of Music at Lakewood Baptist Church, and in September 2010 I received the call to pastorate at Calvary Church in Wahoo.”