Get to know our pastor
Mike was born in Anchorage, AK in 1970. He grew up in Albuquerque, NM and responded to the gospel at the age of 9 years old. After his first year of college, he realized that the Lord was calling him into “full-time” ministry and he began to pray about what God wanted.
In 1990, Mike began attending Calvary Chapel Albuquerque, NM pastored by Skip Heitzig. It was there that he began to get a sense of what God was leading him into for the future. He assisted with the youth ministry and attended the School of Ministry at Calvary Chapel Albuquerque.
In 1993, he went to Hungary and served as a missionary, helping to plant a church north of Budapest. It was during this time that Mike began to realize that God was calling him into pastoral ministry. Upon moving back to NM, Mike met Kristen and they began to see each other more and more at church, as they were both on staff at Calvary Albuquerque.
Mike and Kristen were married in January 1997 and 6 weeks later moved to Budapest, Hungary to assist with Calvary Budapest. It was an amazing time as they were part of a great team that saw God grow a Bible study of 20 to a church of 400 in 4 years. They returned to the States in October of 2000 and since then served at several Calvary Chapels in Colorado and taught at Calvary Chapel Bible colleges in Hungary and New Zealand.
Mike has served as an Assistant Pastor, College Pastor, Men’s Ministry pastor and Senior Pastor. Mike planted Denver Calvary in 2008 and turned the church over to Pastor Louie Cruzado in June 2012 before moving his family to New Zealand. In New Zealand, Mike and Kristen served at Calvary Chapel Bible Institute of New Zealand for a couple years before Mike took over as pastor of Calvary Chapel Whangarei in 2014.
It was in May 2016 that Mike and Kristen made the decision to move their family back to the United States as Mike was asked to become the pastor of Calvary Chapel Red Wing. They are excited to be back in the USA, closer to family and friends and are looking forward to what God has in store for them and the people at Calvary Chapel Red Wing.
Mike and Kristen have been married since January 1997 and have 3 amazing kids (Lukas 17 years old, Lexi 13 years old, and Noah 11 years old).