Mike was ordained to preach the gospel in October of 1981. He is a 1981 graduate of Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee with a B.A. in Bible and Pastoral ministry. In 2003, he received a Masters of Arts in Pastoral ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary. He has pastored churches in North Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio for the past thirty-one years. He assumed the pastorate of the Canaan Free Will Baptist Church in Creston, Ohio on August 1, 2014. He has served in various capacities on the denominational level and currently serves on the National Board of Retirement is the chairman of the Ohio State Mission Board. Mike and his wife, Linda, have three children: Nathan and his wife Stacey, Amy, and Ashley and one granddaughter, Eddy (whom he adores).