In 1993, Mike became the pastor for Lutheran Church of Hope, a new mission church in central Iowa. Since then, Hope has grown into one of the largest congregations in the nation. As one church with five campuses, Hope embraces both the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) and Great Commandment (Mark 12:28-31), actively reaching out to a broken and wandering world with the life-changing love of Jesus.
A gifted communicator, Mike has been featured as the keynote speaker at international conferences, seminary convocations, college baccalaureates, leadership seminars, community events and synod assemblies. A growing global digital crowd downloads his weekly sermons at hopeonline.tv.
Mike was listed in Outreach Magazine’s "25 Church Leaders to Watch," and received the "40 under 40" award from the Des Moines Business Record. He has served on the Board of Regents for Wartburg College, and on advisory boards for Meals from the Heartland, Ruth Harbor and Alpha USA.
Mike grew up in a pastor’s family and lived in three states as a child – Idaho, Montana, and Minnesota – before moving to Chicago. He graduated from Concordia College (1986, B.A. magna cum laude with a double major in English and communication) and Luther Seminary (1990, M.Div. with an emphasis on preaching and biblical studies). He was the pastor for Palestine Lutheran Church in Huxley from 1990-1993.
Mike is happily married to Sally, and they have three adult children.
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