After attending Florida International University, Mike worked in Construction Management and as a youth volunteer for several years with the hope of entering full-time ministry. Mike and his wife, Susan, met while serving in youth ministry together in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and married in 1990. Shortly after this he pursued theological education, attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he grew a passion for church planting. Mike received his D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry) degree from RTS Orlando in 2016.
At the founding of Tradewinds Church, Mike and Susan began by inviting people to Bible study in their living room. During that time Mike worked bi-vocationally as a pastor; a counselor to those in recovery; and/or a licensed General Contractor of his own company. He later became an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP).
As Tradewinds’ Senior Pastor, Mike’s primary goal is seeing lives change through the power of the gospel by leading others to Jesus, whether through leading worship, preaching/teaching, or through one-on-one ministry. To this end, he leads this staff and seeks to implement God’s vision and strategy for developing biblically-relevant communities, anchoring lives in Christ, and generally equipping both staff and volunteers for ministry.
Mike and Susan live in St. Pete Beach and take great joy in homeschooling and raising their sons, Luciano and Nathanael. They also enjoy the beach, outdoor activities, playing guitar, and reading.