Drawing on more than twenty years of experience working in ministry, Mike has a heart and passion for reaching men using his own story of failure, pain, regret and redemption. Mike passion is to reach others telling them that no matter where you are from, no matter what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, you are never too far from Gods love and redemption. Mike focuses on three core challenging environments where people are falling through the cracks, feeling excluded, being pushed to the outside.
Scarred, tattooed, roughnecks – men with a past. These are guys who’ve walked the darker sides of life and don’t feel like they connect or belong with the quiet, soft, straight-laced buttoned-down men who populate the church today. Unorthodox men need and want Jesus but not the passive culture that makes up the larger part of the local church.
LESSONS FROM THE BACK ROW
No matter the classroom, social gathering or church service, you will always see that kid who sits in the back row. These kids are not stupid or dumb. Most of the time they are simply bored – bored of being talked at, not talked with. They have disengaged and disconnected from others and certainly from God. By the time most kids turn 18, they will ditch their faith and walk away from church and God. That’s assuming it doesn’t happen before 18. To reach the self-identified outcast in the back row, we need strong youth leaders, passionate teachers, and compassionate visionaries. It doesn’t matter what your history is or where you come from. What matters is you are willing to engage these kids, to draw them in, willing to share what God’s love is all about – it’s about them!
In 2006 Mike and Katrina began to pray for the gift of children. After 8 years of prayer, infertility, the best options medical science could offer, and a miscarriage Mike and Katrina thought their prayer wasn’t answered. But sometimes God can answer two prayers with the same answer. In 2014, Mike and Katrina finalized the adoption of their four kids: Tylee, Darius, Tabrina and Darrien. As Mike and Katrina prayed for children – their four kids were praying for a “Forever Home”. Mike knows firsthand what it is like for kids to be in the system, waiting to be chosen, waiting for love. Through the non-profit, we partner with organizations and programs that are working to change the legacy of these kids. Mike is often a guest speaker at parent, adoption, and teen outreach groups; as well as, using available funding to provide scholarships for teen leadership programs.