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 three 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.
Author Archive | Mike

And so it Begins

Yesterday we began the support raising phase of our mission efforts. It was much more enjoyable then one might think. We spent eight full hours with both of us on separate phones calling friends and churches and asking if we could meet with them regarding financial support. We set up a few meetings, had people commit to pray […]

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To Myanmar or not to Myanmar? That is the question.

Erin is currently scheduled to go on a medical missions trip to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) from January 14th to January 30th. Erin will be traveling with twelve other nurses and doctors. The group is scheduled to go into the remote countryside and run a medical clinic for poor, rural individuals who have little or no access […]

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Born of a virgin? Really?

The doctrine of the virgin birth claims that Jesus was conceived in Mary without the involvement of a human father. Muslims believe this to be true. According to Newsweek, 79% of all Americans believe Christ was born of a virgin, without a human father. John Calvin declared that Jesus, “was pleased to be conceived miraculously […]

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Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul

Book Review: Essential Truths of the Christian Faith

This book, written in 1998, was authored by R.C. Sproul. It provides clear and concise descriptions of over 100 key Christian doctrines. Dr. Sproul is a master theologian. However, this book is written in a way that an inexperienced Christian or nonbeliever could follow it.   Essential Truths of the Christian Faith spends three or fewer pages describing […]

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Increasing the Size of the Team

Today we sent out several hundred support packets to friends, families and churches. This is a very important step to increasing the size of the team. This is not just about money it is about teammates. We are trying to create a team of people that are all focused on the souls and the physical welfare of the […]

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Huson Taylor

Book Review: Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret

Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret was written in 1932. Taylor was a pioneer missionary who spent the last half of the nineteenth century serving in China. More then a century before Richard Nixon reopened Communist China to the Western world, this young British missionary traveled to China.   He left for China at age 20 with no university […]

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Mike’s Last Day on the Job

Today Mike works his last day in the California State Senate. After working in politics nearly 20 years and after working the last 12 years in the Capitol I am quitting my job. It is both sad and exciting. While it is clear that the mission field is where God has called the Pettengills, the […]

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