Mike has served as senior pastor for Lutheran Church of Hope since the day the congregation officially launched — All Saints’ Sunday 1994.
Since then, Hope has grown into a multisite, multigenerational and outreach-focused church known for its love. Tens of thousands of people take part in Hope’s weekly services each week, online (HopeOnline.tv) and in-person at six locations and five local sites throughout the Midwest.
A gifted communicator and visionary leader, Mike hosts a weekly podcast – “Pastor Mike Drop” – recently ranked as an Apple Podcasts top show in the “Religion & Spirituality” category. He’s been featured as the keynote speaker for synod assemblies, Luther Seminary’s Midwinter Convocation and numerous church-related events in the USA and Europe. Mike was invited to represent Lutheran pastors at Billy Graham’s funeral in 2018. He 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’s on the advisory board for Alpha USA and served on the Board of Regents for Wartburg College.
Mike graduated from William H. Taft High School in Chicago (where he’s now in the Alumni Hall of Fame). He received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with a double major in English and communication from Concordia College (1986) and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary (1990). He served as pastor for Palestine Lutheran Church in rural Huxley, Iowa from 1990-1993.
Mike is a family man, happily married to Sally since 1987, and they have three adult children. He’s passionate about Jesus, history, health and sports … and still hopes one day to win the Daytona 500!
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