Mike started serving as Lutheran Church of Hope’s senior pastor on All Saints’ Sunday 1994, the day Hope was officially organized.
Since then, Hope has grown into a multisite, multigenerational and outreach-focused church. Tens of thousands of people take part in Hope’s weekly services, online and in-person at six locations and five local sites throughout the Midwest.
A gifted communicator and visionary leader, Mike hosts the Pastor Mike Drop podcast, recently ranked as a “top show” in Apple Podcasts Religion & Spirituality category. He’s been featured as the keynote speaker at synod assemblies, Luther Seminary’s Midwinter Convocation, and numerous church conferences in the USA and Europe.
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 advisory board for Alpha USA and the Board of Regents for Wartburg College. He also volunteers as the football announcer for the Waukee Northwest High School Wolves.
Mike is a member of the Taft High School (Chicago) Alumni Hall of Fame. He received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with a double major in English and communication from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary (St. Paul). He was the pastor at Palestine Lutheran Church (near Huxley, IA) from 1990-1993.
Mike is happily married to Sally, and the proud father of three and grandfather of one. He’s passionate about Jesus, history, aviation, health, and sports. And he still hopes one day to win the Daytona 500!
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