Michael has served Manna Church as Senior Pastor for over thirty years. In that time, he has seen the church grow from 350 members in 1985 to 8,600 members in 2016. Coupling sound biblical teaching with relevant, practical application and cutting edge outreach, Michael and the pastoral staff have worked to create an others-focused culture that that lifts the advancement of the Kingdom of God far above the concept of the stereotypical “me” church. Michael’s heart is not only to see God’s people equipped to change their world, but also for the planting of churches with the same world-changing vision. Under Michael’s leadership, Manna has helped to plant over 70 churches to date. Michael has led Manna into the front-lines of the war against human trafficking, and was invited to speak on the issue at Oxford University in 2013 and 2015. Michael and the Manna team seek to inspire God’s people into lives of active service and love around the world as well as at home; Manna is deeply involved in global missions, actively supporting the advancement of the Kingdom in 43 countries.
Michael and his wife Laura have been married for 35 years and live in Fayetteville with two of their eight children. In their spare time, both enjoy training and competing in endurance sports, with over 21 marathons, three Iron Man finishes (Michael), and a 50- and a 75-mile Ultra Marathon finish (Laura) to their credit.