Deacon Mike was born in Detroit and raised in East Lansing, where he attended Saint John and Saint Thomas until graduating from Michigan State University. A decade after moving away, he returned to mid-Michigan and began working for the State of Michigan. Several years ago, he became an employee of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing. He married his wife Linda on July 27, 1985 at Saint John Student Center. Deacon Mike was ordained on May 14, 2005. He and Linda have two grown children who are alumni of Saint Thomas Aquinas School and Lansing Catholic High School, and two grandchildren.