By training, education and temperament, Mike is an artist and teacher. He has an Education degree from the University of Ottawa, but his arts bent led Mike to Sheridan College and the University of Guelph for Fine Art and History. Mike’s seminary training was through Heritage Theological Seminary and McMaster Divinity College. Before Philpott Memorial Church, Mike worked several years as an educational assistant, a public school teacher, and took time off to be a stay-at-home dad. Mike and his wife Heather met at UofG while serving in the ministry of Power to Change and have been married since 2001.