Mike is a 1985 graduate of St. Louis Christian College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry. He is in his 32nd year of Christian ministry. During this time he has served with two congregations in Illinois. He served in his hometown as Youth Minister and Preaching Minister with the Kinmundy Christian Church for 12 years. In April of 2013, he observed his 20th anniversary of ministry with the First Christian Church in Beardstown, serving as their Preaching Minister. In May of that same year, Mike and his wife Cassey, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Cassey is fulfilling her lifelong dream of teaching kindergarten at Beardstown Christian Academy, a ministry of First Christian Church.
Mike and Cassey have three grown children. Danielle (King), and her husband Travis, live in Springfield, Illinois, where she teaches kindergarten in the public school system. Whitney (Draear), and her husband Dustin, live in Tremont, Illinois. She holds a degree in Children’s Ministry from Lincoln Christian University, and though not on a full-time basis, serves the local church in this area. Trevor recently graduated from Illinois College with a degree in Business Management and is looking for full-time employment. Active at First Christian Church, he plays guitar and drums on the worship team and also serves as a youth sponsor for middle school and high school students. He and Sadie Rohn were married in December 2012. Mike and Cassey take great pleasure in knowing that their children have a personal relationship with Jesus and are actively serving Him in the local church.
Mike and Cassey are adjusting to life as “empty-nesters”. Mike’s interests take him outside the house, enjoying hunting and playing golf; while Cassey’s love of scrapbooking keeps her busy at home for hours during her free time.