We are excited to welcome Pastor Mike Rice as our new Lead Pastor! Pastor Mike and his wife Laura’s first Sunday with Faith Covenant will be September 2, 2018 and his first preaching Sunday will be September 9, 2018. Come join us for worship at 9am or 10:45am! Mike’s installation service will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
Mike comes to us from LifeChurch Canton where he has served in a wide variety of roles since 2004. In his most recent position as Associate Pastor, Mike’s roles had varied from Connections and Small Groups, to Worship Design Coordinator, and most recently Discipleship and Facilities. From October 2016 through May 2018, he was their Co-Interim Lead Pastor. During that period, his responsibilities included serving as the primary preacher, developing sermon series, providing pastoral care, leading church staff and ministries, and supplying direction in a time of transition. From 2009 to 2016 his duties included assisting in developing the theology and content of sermon series and preaching 1-2 times a month, as well as providing leadership in discipleship, ministries of compassion, pastoral care and counseling, benevolence, and staff management. Prior to moving to LifeChurch, Mike spent nearly four years in lay leadership as the College and Career Group Coordinator at Messiah (Covenant) Church in Detroit.
In addition to his ministry experience, Mike is a registered social worker, spending a decade serving the hurting and marginalized in our culture. His experiences have included providing counseling and life coaching for young and adult men experiencing and recovering from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration, and providing counseling, adjustment care, and discharge planning for elderly nursing home residents.
Mike was born in 1970, grew up in Detroit, and for much of his childhood attended Messiah Church. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from William Tyndale College and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Michigan Theological Seminary (now Moody). He has completed the Covenant Orientation series and is Ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Mike and his wife Laura currently live in Westland with their daughter Rebekah, who is attending Madonna University starting this fall. Their 24-year-old son Michael lives in Canton, and was married in July to Makenzie.
In his free time, Mike enjoys outdoor sports such as hiking and backpacking, surfing, and competing in triathlons. Laura also enjoys backpacking and is an avid knitter.
Pastor Mike looks forward to getting to know the members of the congregation, learning our faith stories, and to working together to invite and welcome others into the ministries of Faith Covenant Church!