About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20.

Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism.

His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement.

He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike’s articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies.

Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike’s articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies.

From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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Last Minute Christmas Gift

If you are still looking for a last minute Christmas gift for friends or family take a look at Erin’s missions book, Termites Ate My Couch: True Stories Of A Missionary Nurse. Erin’s book consists of true stories from our 10-years of experience as missionaries serving in Central America and Central Africa. So many people […]

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Phoenix, Los Angeles, And San Diego

Mike has been traveling extensively throughout the region. In the past week he has had meetings with pastors, and missionary candidates in Phoenix, Los Angels, and San Diego. Lots of miles and lots of meetings. He has put thousands of miles on the road and spent lots of time at coffee shops in meetings. We […]

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Ready, Aim, FIRE!

Southern California is in the middle of fire season. The dry west-bound winds, coming off the desert (the Santa Anna winds) have dried out vegetation and dropped humidity (in some locations) bellow 10%. This has resulted in six major fires within an hour and a half of our apartment. Thursday, two new fires erupted that […]

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Missiology Through Scripture – 1 Kings 3:8-9

“And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” […]

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Not Just PCA Missionaries

While our West Coast Hub is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), our missions efforts through MTW are not simply limited to PCA churches and congregants. When working with 2-week missionaries and interns Mike is free to work with Christians of most any denomination. When working with longer term missionaries their church affiliation […]

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Advent Starts Sunday

Advent begins Sunday, but it is not too late to a get a daily Advent devotional for you, your family, and your church. For the second year in a row Mike has produced a daily Advent devotional. Each day comes complete with two relevant Bible verses, appropriate quotations, a brief lesson, guided prayer and original […]

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Sharing Missions In Phoenix

Saturday through Tuesday Mike was in Phoenix, AZ to talk about missions. He had three meetings with pastors of local churches, met with two new missionary candidates to talk about their future in missions, and made a missions presentation at Phoenix United Reformed Church. The region for the West Coast Hub includes all the Presbyterian […]

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