I love Jesus, my family and my "work" - in that order. Growing up in the United Methodist Church (in Jacksonville, FL), I was blessed to have parents who "took" me to church. They did not send me. I made my decision to follow Jesus at youth camp as a Junior Higher even though I had no idea what that meant. Ironically, with the exception of "Dedicate Your Life To Full-Time Christian Service" I checked every box on the official camp commitment card! Years later, on April 15, 1981, to be precise, God would call me into full-time Christian Ministry.
I would serve as a youth pastor for the next 25 years at 3 churches: Neptune Beach, FL; Tucson, AZ; then back to Orange Park, FL, before launching HighPoint Community Church on October 1, 2006. It has been an amazing ride! God has been good and faithful. As the old confederate soldier's prayer goes, "I am, among all men, most richly blessed."
Everyone who knows me knows that one of those primary "blessings" in my life is my family. I met Becky when I served in Tucson and we have been married 31 years. She is a professor at FSCJ, where she has taught chemistry for 25 years. Together we have 2 children: Joshua and Grace. I adore my family!
When folks think "PMike" (my rapper name), they usually think coffee (Starbucks specifically), movies and/or the outdoors. That makes my heart smile because they all involve people, and seeing people come alive to Jesus Christ has been one of the greatest blessings of my life!
I have hiked the Grand Canyon twice, caught a gator off the shore of Neptune Beach and shuttled Elvis Presley from the airport at 2 AM in the morning. However, nothing compares to the front row seat I have been blessed to occupy for almost 40 years in full-time ministry: watching God work in the lives of His people.
All Glory to God for all that He has done, is doing and has yet to do in the lives of all those who desire to know Him and to make Him known.
MHailey@highpointccop.com 904-272-7949 X 101