Mike was born in a small town where if your name didn’t end with a vowel you were a minority. However, his was the only Italian family on Norwood Avenue, and the neighbors learned from them a whole new dimension of family and celebration.
His journey toward ministry began as a little 5-year old boy when he somehow discovered that priests heard from God and so he thought he’d be one someday. Then he discovered they didn’t marry and since he didn’t think he’d learn Latin, he thought he’d be a farmer. At 9 he was an accomplished daydreamer with a run-away imagination so he thought he’d be writer, but then at 11 he thought he’d be an artist, sold two paintings by age 13 for double the asking price and felt a sense of accomplishment he’d never known. He finally quit thinking so hard and joined the Air Force at age 19.
And then it happened: At age 21, he went on a Pentecostal retreat in the mountains of Baggiao during his tour in the Philippines. A Korean brother laid hands on him and prayed, and Mike began speaking a language he’d never learned (something he wished would’ve happened with he Latin at age 7!) He discovered hearing the voice of God and in the 70’s, learned from such men as Jamie Buckingham, Derek Prince, Don Finto, Kenneth Hagin, John Osteen and a few priests who really did hear from God.
After being uniquely introduced to Donna in 1978, they were married and Mike became the instant father of two daughters. The next year he completed Bible school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was hired by the Tennessee Department of Corrections supervising juveniles, and in July 1982, Shekinah Rose was born. 20 years of ministry later, in 2002 he and Donna spent six months with YWAM in Italy and Albania. They now have three sons-in-laws, four grandchildren (and counting), and many discoveries to still make.
What quality/trait do you admire most?
Humility and humor.
Most traumatic experience:
Chased by a big dog.
Some of your biggest mistakes:
Not sure—maybe too painful to recall.
Favourite Vacation Spot:
Photo Journalist / story teller.
Favourite TV shows, Books or Movies:
Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, It’s a Wonderful Life.
Time in the garden
Ray Hughes and Lindell Cooley worship music.
Many, mostly Italian.