As a young boy, Mike, an Eagle Scout, would lay in the grass and wonder: “What’s it like……. to be up there….. above the clouds! (That might have been one of the reasons why he joined the US Air Force – to find out what it would be like!)
Mike served in the US Air Force for over 26 years, one year of which was with Forward Air Control duties in Vietnam. For three years he was the senior enlisted member of the US Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Team. He spent a total of nine years with the Wings of Blue parachute team at the U.S. Air Force Academy (- so he found out what it is like to be above the clouds!). He was a parachuting instructor and the Superintendent of Parachuting Operations at the Academy .
Mike accumulated 2,000 parachute jumps and 15 hours of freefall. During his parachuting years Mike experienced a mishap of being a “hung jumper” outside the aircraft, and serious parachute malfunctions like a deadly seesaw night jump entanglement with another jumper, and an 85 mph wind shear which almost took his life. This experience inspired and qualified him to author the novel Calling from the Sky. Mike retired as Chief Master Sergeant – achieving the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force.
After his Air Force career, Mike, holding a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, worked as a world-wide electronic service engineer for a semiconductor equipment manufacturer in Montana.
Mike and his wife Elfriede both believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God. They have a passion for studying God’s Word!
For the past 14 years Mike has studiously devoted his life to the Lord by preaching the Word of God and leading Bible studies.
Mike is a Canadian permanent resident. He and his wife, Elfriede, live in the Canadian Rocky Mountains surrounded by 6 National Parks.
They both like to exercise, cross country ski, hike, garden and walk their dog Kansas.