On February 21, 1971, Pastor Mike came to personal faith in Jesus Christ at age 19. He was in Cincinnati, Ohio under the preaching of Dr. John Rawlings at the Landmark Baptist Temple. A few months later, he was called to ministry under the preaching of Dr. Bob Hugh, a missionary to the Philippines. That fall he was in the very first group of students at Lynchburg Baptist College, a brand new Bible College founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell and Dr. Elmer Towns in Lynchburg, VA. Today it is better known as Liberty University. He graduated from Liberty University in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in Pastoral Studies and Theology.
In June of 1973, along with two other LBC students, he traveled to Winchester Virginia to help plant a new church, Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church. Upon graduating in 1975 he became Senior Pastor of SVBC and was there until 1988. He then pastored in Holland, Michigan, at Calvary Baptist Church from 1988 until 1996. Pastor Mike has been the senior pastor of Rainbow Forest Baptist Church since June 1996.