Role as a Board Member: Facilities Coordination Consultant
Background: Mike has worked in new housing construction leadership and management for 42 years in Colorado, Nevada, Southern California and the last 28 years with Wathen Castanos in Fresno, California. He has a BS in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
Current occupation: Mike has been married for 40 wonderful years to Kathy and has two adult children living in the Central Valley. Mike serves as an Elder at Riverpark Bible Church which he has done for the last 16 years. He serves on Riverpark’s missions team, works with the Valley Samaria ministry, serves on Children’s Champion, and Hope Tech’s 501.3c boards, and works in High School ministry. Mike, his wife and daughter run two Bed and Breakfast Retreats in the Ahwahnee, CA area near Yosemite as a ministry and a hobby.
Why do you have a heart for Haiti? Scripture speaks to the heart, commanding the needy and marginalized be cared for. Visiting Haiti for me has confirmed the needs in a broken and complex country. HaitiGO speaks and acts upon a Biblical mandate to serve, love, provide a course of direction that feeds the hungry, trains students, cares for orphans and leaders, speaks the gospel in practical daily ways and sets individuals on a path of hope. The Biblical pattern of seeing a book of Acts, scriptural church planting, growing, meeting, training up, disciplining, and taking care of the less fortunate, is in place and being worked out in Haiti with the healthy partnership of stateside churches and ministries that come to encourage. It is refreshing and healthy to be a part of what God is doing and to come alongside Him as he works and we marvel.