Mike grew up in a church in rural Illinois, but didn’t come to know Jesus as Lord until a junior at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1973. After graduating from Denver Seminary in 1979, he pastored in New York City, did campus ministry at UCLA, and in 1987 wound up back at the University of Illinois to minister to international students. Since that time, he has narrowed his focus to the Chinese community, working with students on the UIUC campus and serving Chinese churches in Champaign, Springfield, and Peoria. As one of the founders of Urbana Theological Seminary in 1994, he joined the faculty part time as an assistant professor of intercultural studies in 2005. He completed his doctorate in 2012 in a joint program with Highland Theological College (Dingwall, Scotland) and Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS). He and his wife Gwynne, have been married 41 years and have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.