Mike has been serving as the Director of Church Planting for the Northwest Conference of the ECC for the past 9 years. In that time they have planted over 40 churches, and have set a goal to see at least another 50 planted in the next few years. He also serves on the National Church Planting Team for the Evangelical Covenant Church, and does consulting work with groups around church planting, strategic ministry planning, and church health. Mike is also a licensed coach, and trains coaches who work with pastors and planters. Prior to serving in this role, Mike was a planting pastor and involved in the planting of 3 churches. He has a BS from Augustana University and an M Div. from North American Baptist Seminary. Mike has served on numerous boards, currently serving on the board of C.H.E.T. (Centro Hispano De Estudios Teologicos), and as the President of C.H.E.T. Northwest Conference. Mike is the husband of Julie and the father of Ryan, Kyle and Kara, and the grandfather to 7 beautiful grandbabies.