Mike was born in 1972 in Lexington, SC. He was born again in 1984. Mike married his wife, Darlene, in 1996. They have three daughters, Elizabeth, Katelyn, and Sarah. Mike surrendered to God’s call for ministry in the summer of 2003 and enrolled at Southeastern Seminary in the fall of that same year. He completed his Master of Divinity degree in May, 2007. The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy (2 Timothy 4:1-5) to “preach the Word” and to “fulfill your ministry.” This passage was instrumental in God’s call for Mike to serve Him vocationally. God has continued to prepare his heart and mind for ministry. He returned to Southeastern Seminary where he has since earned the Doctor of Ministry degree in December, 2015, under the direction of Dr. Alvin Reid. Mike is engaged in spreading the good news of the gospel and helping other believers to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. This two-fold task is at the heart of gospel-centered disciple-making, or what is commonly called the Great Commission.
Mike derives his ministry philosophy from Scripture. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, the Apostle Paul proclaims, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (NASB). Therefore, Mike aims to lead people to apply biblical truth to their lives in order that they will be “equipped for every good work.” The Apostle Paul, in Romans 10:14, asks, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” So, someone needs to be telling people the good news about Jesus. The depth of one's worship of Christ will be proportional to the depth of one's knowledge and experience of Christ. This explains why Jesus gave pastors and teachers as gifts to the church (Ephesians 4:11-16). They must equip God’s people for the work of ministry so that the body of Christ might be built up into unity, maturity, and Christ-likeness. In other words, the more we know and experience Jesus, the more equipped we will become to worship Jesus and serve others.