Mike was born and raised in Augusta, Maine, as the tenth child in a family of twelve. He attended Maine Maritime Academy and received a B.S. in Marine Engineering. In 1981, Mike graduated, married Gloria (also from Maine), moved to Virginia and became a Christian.
He continues to work in the Marine Engineering field as a US Navy contractor Engineer through AMSEC (a subsidiary of SAIC). He has worked on several U.S. Navy Ships including the USS George Washington. He and Gloria are the proud parents of 11 children. They have home educated all of them. Five have graduated college, and three are currently attending college.
Mike has served the Norfolk Church of Christ as a deacon and as an Elder for years. He has a heart for Christian benevolence and personal evangelism.