Mike Gafa is our lead pastor and came to us in fall 2020. After working in the corporate sector for 20 years, Mike transitioned to vocational ministry in 2005. Mike has served three churches as an Executive Pastor, as well as the RCA in various denominational leadership roles. Mike also currently serves as the Executive Director of Luminex Transformational Leadership Group, a non-profit ministry dedicated to equipping church leaders and helping churches to thrive. Mike is a commissioned pastor and is both a student at Kuyper College in the Master of Ministry program (expected completion fall 2021) and an occasional adjunct instructor at Kuyper. Mike has written two books, including Faith-Based: A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church.
Mike married Pam in 1986, and they are proud parents to twin adult sons Spencer, who works as an architect in Grand Rapids, and Trevor, who works as an English teacher in Izumo, Japan. Mike enjoys teaching, reading, writing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, traveling, and hiking - all of which he hopes to do more of in beautiful northern Michigan!. Mike is especially passionate about seeing people grow in their walk with Christ, and helping churches realize their full potential.