Mike is a Little Traverse Bay Band Odawa citizen with a rich family history. His family is one of the oldest Native families in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His grandfathers included Chief Me-tay-wis and Chief Wahsaquam, his uncle was Chief Isaac Peters. Mike is also an ordained third generation minister whose contextual ministry is bringing a new spiritual awakening among the Three Fires Alliance and across North America.
For 13 years Mike worked for the United States Dept. of Agriculture as the Native American Program Director and oversaw the U.S.D.A. Native program in seven states. For seven years Mike sat on the Midwest Regional Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and helped write the EEO Affirmative Action Plan assuring equal treatment for all races. He was also trained as a Sexual Harassment Counselor-at-Large for the continental United States and investigated sexual harassment allegations made within the U.S.D.A. For his dedicated work, Mike received the Superior Service Award thirteen years in a row and has received the Certificate of Merit, the highest civilian award given by the U.SD.A.
He graduated from Ferris State University in 1973 and Berean Bible College in 1980. In 1998 Mike graduated from the Indiana University Center On Philanthropy and received his Batchelor of Biblical Studies from Christian Leaders University in 2015. Mike currently holds ordination from Christian Leadership Alliance.
Mike also founded an inner-city youth center in Grand Rapids, Michigan that has been honored as one of the top youth centers in the Mid-West and Eastern United States. After 27 years as its Executive Director Mike stepped down and currently focuses on his Native American ministry called 4 Fires Ministries.
He has traveled across North America as a keynote speaker and contextual teacher.