Raised by Christian parents in a different denomination, Pastor Mike was saved at age 8. He chose to become a Southern Baptist, by conviction, while attending college. A native of Valdosta, GA, Pastor Mike responded to a ministerial call shortly after graduating from Valdosta State University.
THE CALL TO PASTOR
Pastor Mike came to Emmanuel in 1996. Originally serving as the minister of music, the congregation extended a unanimous call in 2002 for him to serve as the church’s pastor. In his 25th year of service, he is the longest-serving pastor in the church’s history.
THE CALL TO EVANGELIZE
Emmanuel has experienced steady evangelistic growth under Pastor Mike’s leadership. Though not a “mega-church,” it is one of the largest churches in Southeast Georgia. Averaging 63 baptisms per year of his pastorate, Emmanuel has more than 1,000 in attendance each Lord’s Day.
THE CALL TO SERVE
As a small-town pastor of a blue-collar church, Pastor Mike has served in many ways in his community. He ministered for years as FCA Chaplain to the Pierce County Bears football team. In addition to the regular duties of an ordinary pastor, Brother Mike knows that a call to lead is a call to serve.