Saturday 2:00 pm, Sunday 4:00 pm
Pastor Mike is currently the senior pastor of Image Church in Ladera Ranch, CA. Mike was born in Southern California, but raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up as a pastor’s kid in the Calvary Chapel movement of churches, Mike was immersed in the church and knowledge of the Scriptures, but walked away from Jesus during his teenage years. After years of believing the lie that ‘the world’ could offer him something better, he learned by experience that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23a). One morning after being surrounded by circumstances he never imagined he would find himself in, Mike heard the voice of God and had a powerful conversion experience while on the floor of his apartment in Azusa, CA. From that day forward he experienced an insatiable desire for studying the Bible, Christian fellowship, ministry, and most of all, a personal relationship with Jesus.
Since that time the Lord has opened up a variety of doors for Mike to serve in ministry. He has served as a volunteer youth leader, a ministry intern in the U.K., a high school Bible teacher, an assistant pastor (Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, where he was ordained as a minister by the late Chuck Smith), and currently serves as the senior pastor.
Additionally, though just a mediocre student in high school, Mike’s renewed passion for education has led him to earn degrees from Calvary Chapel Bible College, Orange Coast College (A.A.), Vanguard University (B.A.), Veritas Evangelical Seminary (M.T.S.), and most recently Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A.) where he also received the Frederick Buechner Award for Excellence in Writing in 2015. He is currently an adjunct professor at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murietta, CA.
Pastor Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, and likes to keep up with football, soccer, and mixed-martial arts. He is also a fitness enthusiast and is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT).