Mike wants to help the AECC become all that it can be in the service of our Lord and strives for that goal in all that he does in his capacity as a member of the board of directors.
Mike became the Pastor of Hope Chapel Community Church a Charter AECC church in the spring of 1995 and joined the AECC and was ordained in September 1995, he served as Pastor of Hope Chapel Community Church till the spring of 2001.
He was invited to join the AECC Board of Directors in 1997 and has served on the board since then and as Treasurer of the AECC since 1998.
Mike has a varied background in his Christian walk, he was saved at the age of 15 at Calvary United Brethren Church (UBC) in Indianapolis Indiana. Immediately the church saw the potential for leadership in Mike as they immediately enlisted him to be the assistant song leader and he became the President of the youth group. Mike went on the hold the following offices at Calvary; not listed in order or sequence, member of the board of directors, assistant treasurer, deacon, member of the board of trustees, Sunday school superintendent, youth director and lay minister.
When he became unable to agree with the doctrines and actions of the church United Methodist Church after the merger of the United Brethren with the Methodist church he started a pilgrimage seeking the truth of the Bible. His pilgrimage took him and his family away from the United Methodist Church and through various denominations of churches that included the Independent Baptist Church, an Independent non-denominational church and The General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, before he found the AECC.
Mike says that his journey taught him that all denominations have some Biblical truth in them but with lots of strings attached, however; he says that the AECC has it correct; it is Jesus the Christ and Him alone with nothing added and nothing removed that is the truth of the Bible and that he has found a home till his spirit returns to his maker.
At the age of 18 Mike went to work for the International Harvester Company at their Indianapolis Engine Plant and remained there for 20 years before becoming self-employed in various sales and service positions until his retirement in 2016. Mike has completed several Dale Carnegie courses and earned every level of achievement award offered there. Mike has experience in leadership with Sertoma (The name is an acronym for Service to Mankind) having served at all levels of leadership in his local club as well as achieving the status of Distinguished Governor of his district for two terms.
Mike has been happily married to his wife Sandra since 1968 even though he says that he really married her when they met 4 years earlier, it was love at first sight. They have two grown children Michael and Heather, one grandchild and two step-grandchildren.