Birthday: January 12
When joined Southside Staff: Joined Southside Staff team in May of 2002 as Executive Pastor. Became Lead Pastor on January 25, 2015.
Favorite activity/hobby: (Shopping and eating crumpets and tea at the mall) not really love spending time with my Wife and family and I love technology
Little known fact about you: Played football against Troy Aikman in high school
College you attended: I attended MidAmerica Nazarene University, Butler County Community College and Tabor University – took more than one school to whip me into shape
Anything else you want people to know about you: I am a passionate person who Loves Jesus and desires to see everyone come into a real relationship with Him finding their purpose and plan for their life.
Sr. Pastor: January 1987-January 2015
Favorite activity/hobby: Boating and Golf
Little known fact about you: 8th Grade Spelling Bee Champion
College you attended: Trevecca Nazarene College
Anything else you want people to know about you: My wife, Brenda, and I were married Feb. 6, 1971. We have three wonderful sons, three beautiful daughters in law, and eight glorious grandchildren. God is GOOD!
When joined Southside Staff: October 2008
Favorite activity/hobby: Too many to make it one favorite. I love to play Ice Hockey, golf, hunt and go to my kids’ sports games
Little known fact about you: a few things
-I played the violin from the time I was 5 years old and didn’t start playing the guitar till I was 30
-my high school baseball team won our state championship my senior year
-I was recruited by Miami (Ohio) University to play college hockey. Wound up going to Anderson instead – no hockey team there – bummer of a freshman year
College you attended: Anderson University / Olivet Nazarene University / Ministry Preparation Studies through Nazarene Bible College
Anything else you want people to know about you:
-my wife is older than me
-my biggest pet peeve is when people don’t get their clocks set correctly on time change weekends
-I LOVE egg nog
When joined Southside Staff: Aug. 2011
Favorite activity/hobby: Disc Golf
Little known fact about you: I have practiced and served in all three major branches of the Christian Church (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant)
College you attended: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BSME), Nazarene Bible College (Ministry Preparation)
Anything else you want people to know about you: My life verse is Psalm 143:10, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
When joined Southside Staff: October 2007
Favorite activity/hobby: I’ll give two. I love to snuggle on the couch with my husband and kids during America’s Funniest Home Videos. I also love cleaning out closets. A combination of the two might render me comatose with joy.
Little known fact about you: I cannot pronounce the word “rural”.
College you attended: It would be shorter to list the colleges I didn’t attend, but some of the more memorable ones I went to would be Texas A&M and Nazarene Bible College.
Anything else you want people to know about you: I am working hard to push awareness that peas were not really meant for food; nothing that produces a smell like that should be considered edible.
When joined Southside Staff: I’m not sure when I was officially invited to be “on staff” in a volunteer role. I’d guess about 1995 but Pastor Hancock reached out to me from the beginning of his pastorate here — recognizing my talents and passion for the ministry of Southside Church.
Favorite activity/hobby: being with my family, running, mountain biking, recent triathlete
Little known fact about you: I tried out for my junior high basketball team and got cut.
College you attended: I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trevecca Nazarene University and my Doctor of Dental Surgery from Medical College of Virginia.
Anything else you want people to know about you: I love to preach and teach God’s Word. I’ve authored a book about my passion for life in Christ entitled “Zoe to the Max; Enjoying Life as Much as God Wants You to.”
When joined Southside Staff: 2011
Favorite activity / hobby: Visiting Disney World® with my family (striving for visit #11)
Little know fact about you: I once worked for Marvel® Comic Books
College you attended: School of the Arts @ Virginia Commonwealth University, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary @ Liberty University
Anything else you want people to know about you: My body has been struck by a bullet, stabbed completely through the left leg, ten ribs broken, face punctured by exploding glass, and skull split open to the brain. And I can juggle.
When joined Southside Staff: Nov. 2008
Favorite activity/hobby: Sports, Video Games, Music
Little known fact about you: I once hit 3 straight bulleyes throwing darts from 8 ft away…
College you attended: Olivet Nazarene University
Anything else you want people to know about you: I love my wife, Niki, and my daughter, Ayana. I am basically a kid at heart as I love playing sports, watching sports, video games, riding roller coasters, and listening to music. I have a heart for children and my desire is for our kids to encounter a real experience with God. Once our children experience the power of the Holy Spirit, they will grow up knowing there really is a God! I love helping our children build their faith! I love the words of wisdom from Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
When joined Southside Staff: January 2009
Favorite activity/hobby: Drinking coffee and finding bargains
Little known fact about you: I love to watch Phineas and Ferb and the Backyardigans.
College you attended: Olivet Nazarene University
Anything else you want people to know about you: I married the love of my life in 1995. I have 3 great kids; Cole, Caitlin and Jeremy. No matter where I am, I want to do whatever God calls me to.
When joined Southside Staff: January 2003
Favorite activity/hobby: Surfing
Little known fact about you: In college, my roommate & I were on the hunt for the spiciest buffalo wings in Kansas City
College you attended: MidAmerica Nazarene College (University)
Anything else you want people to know about you: God has called me to reach the teenagers of Chesterfield County. I love being able to serve Him through Southside Church.
When joined Southside Staff: Fall, 2004
Favorite activity/hobby: Long walks on the beach on Jesus’ back
Little known fact about you: I’ve never seen The Lion King
College you attended: Nyack College
Anything else you want people to know about you: All I want for my life is for my wife, kids, and anyone else who cares to look is for them to know, experience, and revel in the life-altering love of God’s grace shown through the gift of Jesus.
When joined Southside Staff: June 2005
Favorite activity/hobby: I love spending time with my amazing family, reading, music, and the beach!
Little known fact about you: I’m an open book so I’d be surprised if there is a “little known fact” ~ however, some may not know that Mike and were lighthouse keepers for a week on an island all by ourselves ~ quite amazing!
College you attended: JSR for banking degree ~ prior to that the ‘college’ of wife and mommy ~ passed both with flying colors.
I have been married to the love of my life for 42 years, have 2 amazing sons who married wonderful young ladies, and we have 5 beautiful grandchildren ~ God has blessed us!
When joined Southside Staff: 1993
Little Known Fact: Worked at Southside for 12 years, left for a couple, then returned.
College: Pan American Secretarial School
When joined Southside Staff: September, 2011
Favorite activity/hobby: writing, scrapbooking and playing the violin
Little known fact about you: I like skeet and target shooting
College you attended: VCU – undergraduate; MCV – graduate