Mike grew up in northeast Kentucky and southeast Ohio. He graduated from the University of Findlay with a Bachelor of Science in business management and from Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Christian ministry–homiletics. He worked in the banking industry for over 15 years before leaving the corporate world to pursue ministry in 2013. He has been a member at Violet since 2003 and served as a deacon from 2005 to 2013. He and his wife, Melody, have been blessed with four daughters: Quela, Laina, MJ, and Cait; and two sons: Caz and Branch. In his free time, Mike enjoys traveling with his family and cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes.