In the summer of 1993 Mike answered the call to serve as pastor for the re-start of a new mission congregation in West Des Moines called Lutheran Church of Hope.
Since then, Hope has grown into a multisite, multigenerational and outreach-focused church known for vibrant worship, phenomenal growth (deep and wide) and Christ-centered love. Over 12,000 people now attend Hope’s weekend services at six locations throughout central Iowa, plus thousands more via Hope’s weekly livestream service (hopeonline.tv) and partnerships with local congregations and worshiping communities throughout the Midwest.
A gifted communicator and visionary leader, 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’s on the advisory board for Alpha USA and served on the Board of Regents for Wartburg College.
Mike grew up in Chicago, graduated from Concordia College-Moorhead (1986, B.A. magna cum laude with a double major in English and communication) and Luther Seminary (1990, M.Div.). He was the pastor for Palestine Lutheran Church in Huxley 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 (pro teams from Chicago, college teams from Iowa), and still hopes one day to win the Daytona 500.
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