Since graduating from SCS with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry in 2015, Mike was given the opportunity to serve as president of the Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind Inc. a parachurch ministry which provides Bible study materials, and electronic Bibles to blind and deaf-blind people. On March 6th 2016, Mike was ordained into the Gospel ministry at Bethel Baptist Church in Escondido where he serves on the elder board. Mike has had the opportunity to teach people of all ages using the excellent training he received while attending the seminary.
While attending SCS Mike never dreamed that he would end up becoming Sunday school teacher guiding fourth and fifth grade students. Recently he is teaching the students the foundational concepts in the Book of Genesis where he confidently proclaims that mankind lives on a young earth created by God in six twenty-four hour literal days.
Immediately after SCS graduation, Mike taught senior adults through a study of the Book of Ecclesiastes. Three of the students attending the Bible study were retired pastors. One of who said “I am put to shame by Mike’s thorough exposition of the Scriptures.”
Through Hermeneutics Mike learned the importance of contextualizing the Bible. On a rainy Christmas Eve he presented the Christmas message at Grape Day Park in Escondido where about fifty homeless men and women heard the Gospel. When he got to the point in the story where the angel said “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10, ESV) the sun shone through the clouds, and the homeless felt warmth from the sun. Many were moved when they learned that “the Son of Man had nowhere to lay his head” (Matt 8:20).
As a legally blind man, traditional classroom instruction was virtually off-limits to Mike, however, he was able to take advantage of the online degree program made fully accessible, and possible through the tremendous faculty and staff at SCS, and through the grace of the Lord, and the gifting of the Holy Spirit. One of Mike’s life verses is Second Corinthians 12:9 where the Apostle Paul states, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (ESV). Clearly, God uses the weak like Paul and Mike to accomplish his purposes and to bring glory to Himself.
If choosing a college is an important task, choosing the right college is of utmost importance. Attending a college is not about the degree as much as it is about becoming the person that God intended you to become. At SCS you will be equipped to do missions around the world and at home. You will study with like-minded students and find professors and advisers who will help you become what God intended you to become so that you can go out into the world and do what He made you to do! May the Lord Bless you!