Pastor Mike was a student pastor for over twenty years. In the spring of 1999 he surrendered to God’s call to be a pastor. During his twenty-plus years as a student pastor, God gave him ample opportunity to grow as a pastor and minister to the whole family, not just youth. He was preaching every week and leading his church in evangelism and missions.
Winter Haven had been on Pastor Mike’s heart since being a youth pastor in the area in the 80s and 90s. Within a few weeks of surrendering to God’s call, a door opened in Winter Haven. In his words, “the moment I stepped foot on the initial 10 acres of lakefront property I knew that God was in it!.”
Pastor Mike began preparing his family for a move, selling, giving, and throwing out anything weighing them down. In June of 2000 he and Karen (his wife) packed up the kids, his mother-in-law, and the pets and moved to Winter Haven for the adventure of a lifetime.