Mike joined the staff at Rejoice April, 2016 as our Youth Minister, serving students in middle and high school (and beyond!). We asked Mike to tell us a little more about himself… read on to get to know him a little better:
Hi, my name is Mike Willis. God has given me an amazing opportunity to serve as the youth pastor at Rejoice! Words can’t express what a privilege it is to be able to come alongside and minister to young people who are in the midst of forming their identities, and help them see how important it is to have Christ in the center. I am humbled to have had the opportunity to lead such a fantastic team of youth workers, all of who have a passion for creating more and better disciples for Jesus Christ.
I am happily married to my beautiful bride Michelle Willis. We were married on June 24, 2006. I am the proudest father in the world having three wonderful children Megan, Christian, and Luke. Michelle is a family practice physician and just recently took a position at Fox Valley Family Physicians here in Geneva. Megan loves playing teacher, doctor, and being artistic. Christian is our crazy drummer who loves the Lion King, Willy Wonka, and trains. And Luke enjoys his newfound freedom walking and exploring.
I really enjoy using the gifts God’s given me to serve others especially in the areas of youth ministry and fitness. In addition to my call here at Rejoice, I recently started my own fitness company called Mission Fit. My aim is to equip and empower people to become the people God created them to be by addressing fitness, nutrition, and spiritual health.
Some of my hobbies include: CrossFit, powerlifting, watching and participating in almost any sport: Especially football, wrestling, and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). I also love hanging out with my friends, my family, volunteering at Leadership Lab, and especially spending time with my wife Michelle.
Before coming to Rejoice I served as the Youth and 20/30’s minister at Redeemer Church, a multi-site ELCA congregation in Park Ridge and Chicago, for 7 years. I also have been a volunteer leader and director at Leadership Lab, a weeklong ELCA youth leadership laboratory at Augustana College, for the past 16 years. I have experienced a lot of personal and ministry growth and changes over the last 7 years at Redeemer. One of the biggest blessings that happened during my tenure was the launch of Redeemer’s second campus. All of the people I have been able to get to know at Rejoice have made us feel very welcome and my family and I are excited to be a part of this community. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the Youth Ministry at Rejoice.