Pastor Mike is in his tenth year as the pastor of Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church. Previously, Pastor Mike was the interim pastor during the winter months of Bolsters Mills UMC in Harrison, Maine. He studied theology at Bangor Theological Seminary in Portland, Maine and serves Old Orchard Beach UMC on a part-time basis.
Pastor Mike worked as a Financial Services Trainer before entering the ministry on a permanent basis in 2005. Because of his background in adult education, Pastor Mike feels that teaching the Word of God is one of his most important duties. But even more important than teaching is the ability to live out your faith on a daily basis. His discussion-based way of preaching from the Gospel has created a relaxed atmosphere where people are allowed to meet God where they are and follow as they are led.
Pastor Mike grew up just north of the church in Cumberland County. He graduated from South Portland High School and used to spend time in OOB every summer. After graduation, he studied jazz and contemporary music at the University of Maine in Augusta for two years. He occasionally brings his trumpet or some other instrument to Sunday morning worship. Music still remains a very important part of his life.
Pastor Mike has a wife, Robyn, and three children: Rebekah (age 20), Caleb (age 19), and Elisabeth (age 8). Pastor Mike also works a full-time job as the Technology Services Coordinator at a local credit union.
You can see Pastor Mike’s personal thoughts at his blog site.