MTW, West Coast – Update #2

So, Mike, give us more details about this new ministry…

Where will you be working?
The new MTW, West Coast office will be focused on sending out missionaries from California, Arizona, and Nevada. Our job will be to promote missions, recruit missionaries, and mentor them from the churches, seminaries, and colleges in those three states. There will be much traveling throughout that region.

Are you only working with Presbyterian (PCA) churches?
No. While there are over 120 PCA churches in our region, and seven PCA presbyteries, there are plenty of churches in the OPC, PRC, URC, EPC, CRC, and other (or no) denominations, with whom we will be working. In addition, there are five TGC regional chapters, seven RUF chapters, dozens of Christian undergraduate universities and many seminaries. Mike will be building relationships with all those folks and promoting missions within them.

Will you have an office and staff?
Yes. Part of the job includes finding a physical headquarters and hiring new staff to run the show.

What does the first six-months of the job look like?
Mike will need to build relationships with hundreds of churches and other missions-minded people within the region. For the first six-months to one-year Mike will be meeting with pastors, missions committees, presbyteries, TGC regional meetings, college ministries, seminaries, and more to cultivate relationships bound by God’s glory in missions.

What is the ultimate goal of this new ministry?
Once relationships have been built in California, Arizona, and Nevada we hope to move into a situation where the MTW, West Coast office is known as the people to turn to if an individual or church wants to know more about missions. We want to spread a missional-heart throughout the region which results in the training and mentoring dozens and hundreds of new cross-cultural missionaries.

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.
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