Getting to Know Mike
6. If you have children please list their names and ages: N/A
8. Formal Education Beyond High School
- The Village Church Institute Training Program | The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX
- Currently pursuing credit to be applied to an M.Div at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
- Certificate of Ordination | The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX Bachelor of Business Administration-Marketing | University of Oklahoma,
- Norman OK Degree Earned- December 2003
9. Please list additional certification/s and include significant seminars you have participated in: I was a member of the 2015-2016 leadership cohort for Fellowship Associates.
- Pastoral Resident | The Village Church, Dallas Campus 2015-Present Groups Minister | The Village Church, Flower Mound Campus 2014-2015
- Pastor of Next Generation Ministries, Executive Team | Northplace Church, Sachse, TX 2007-2014
- Young Adult Pastor | Northplace Church, Sachse, TX 2007-2014
- . Children’s and Young Adult Pastor | Crossroads Church, Oklahoma City, OK 2003-2006
11.Explain how and when you began your personal relationship with Jesus Christ? The Lord was kind to save my mom and lead her to raise my sisters and I going to church. While I was still a toddler, the Lord saved my father and he quickly became the spiritual leader of our home. My parents were faithful in their family discipleship practices introducing me to the Scriptures before I was able to read. Upon turning 8 years-old, I remember feeling deep sorrow over my sin. I remember being in church and singing the familiar chorus “Majesty”, and the lyric about the death of Christ weighed heavily upon me because I knew I was the cause of his death. I quickly responded in that service to pray for Christ to forgive me and save me.
I did not want to live up to that call. But strangely, I continued to be present in the church and return to confess my sin to the Lord over and over again.
By high school, I was eagerly pursuing the Lord again and feeling so much shame over my rebellion that I began to serve in any capacity I
During my freshman year of college, the church asked me to serve as an intern while I was attending the University of Oklahoma. They continued to entrust me with more and more opportunity and responsibility. Finally, during my junior year pursuing my Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing, I felt the Lord distinctly call me into vocational ministry. As I began to tell my parents and pastors, it seemed like they were all shocked that I was so late in figuring this out. The Lord has continued to consistently provide affirmation of this call from the body of believers,
13.What do you believe are your most prominent spiritual gifts and personal strengths - and how have you seen them confirmed? I believe the Lord has gifted me in preaching and teaching. This has been affirmed by church leadership since early in my ministry career. I also have received affirmation from non-believers who have consistently thanked me for teaching in such a way that I allowed them to understand their doubts and questions about the faith.
I also believe the Lord has generously given me the gift of discernment. It has been affirmed on numerous occasions by pastors and elders, who have been surprised by the ways I have been able to intuitively understand the complexity of care issues or walk in the right posture in delicate pastoral situations.
14.What acquired skills do you have? I have a fair knowledge of graphic design and video editing. I also have played bass guitar for several years.
15. What books have you read over the past six months? On the Incarnation; Divided By Faith; The Sellout: A Novel; Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition; Knowing God; The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs; Faith Speaking Understanding; Let the Reader Understand; Delighting In The Trinity; Mindset: The New Psychology of Success; and Jesus,
16.What person in church history (not any biblical figure please) has influenced you more than any other and why? (e.g. Augustine, Spurgeon, etc.): William Seymour of the Azusa Street Revival of 1906. While he is not a name that many would know or consider in the same category as theologians such as Augustine, Calvin or Luther, I have always had a deep love for Seymour. Like all men, he had glaring deficiencies, yet early in my formation, I was enamored by his tenacity to see the power God in his generation, despite the obstacles he faced in regards to race, his physical disabilities and the negative perception of Pentecostalism. Far too often my education has been limited to European and