Pastor Mike was born in California, and grew up in Nebraska. His wife, Marla, spent her childhood years in Kansas City. Marla has a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work. Mike received a Master of Divinity Degree from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian in 1973, and his Doctorate of Ministry in 1982. He served churches in Hope and Oakwood, Illinois, 11 years at First Christian in Burleson, Texas and 17 years at Northwest Christian in Arlington, Texas. He and Marla have 2 children. Their son Miles and his wife, Becky, live in Hickory, NC with their two children, Nathan and Natalie. Daughter Mindy and her husband, Robert, are both Disciples pastors serving congregations in Missouri. Mindy is the interim pastor at FCC in Brookfield and Robert is pastor of Park Hill CC in Kansas City. They have one daughter, Karyssa Erin.