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. 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.
Feeling the call to ministry, Mike obtained his credentials and was the senior pastor of Native American Assembly Of God for 10 years. After 27 years as Executive Director of Base Camp Urban Outreach, Mike has retired to focus as the Ogimaw of 4 Fires Ministries. . As Ogimaw, Mike travels the Midwest, Canada and Mexico bringing the contextual message to indigenous people and inspiring hope in walking the Jesus Way through our Native culture. 4 Fires currently has four ministry points in Peru, Philippines, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, and across the United States. He has been in full-time ministry for 38years.
Mike's compelling testimony is entitled "Sticks and Stones." If you desire Mike to speak at your organization, church or youth group please go to "contact us"
He graduated from Ferris State University in 1973, Berean Bible College in 1982 and recently received his Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies from Christian Leadership University.