As CEO of The Sovereign Financial Group of OneAscent, Mike is committed to leading his associates and clients along the Sovereign Way. Mike co-founded the firm in 2017 after working with Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. His previous experience includes working as the administrator and stewardship pastor of a large church in SC where he handled the business functions of the church along with his pastoral duties. In addition, Mike is a pioneer and leader in Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) which is an investment philosophy that focuses on investing according to your values and leads to human flourishing. He worked as a vice president of Stewardship Partners and as Regional Director of Broker Relations at the Timothy Plan mutual funds. Both firms specialized in Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) and helped Mike to develop the foundational principles for The Sovereign Way.
Mike studied at Central Michigan University, where he graduated cum laude with a B.S in Business Administration with a Finance major and a concentration in Investments. After continuing his education at Central Michigan in the MBA program, he went to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in biblical languages. Mike concurrently pursued the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation which he earned in 2006. Mike is also a Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA). His educational pursuits have been focused on the theological and practical foundations of biblical stewardship which has led to founding of The Sovereign Financial Group of OneAscent.
Mike is married to Hope and they have 10 children (yes, 10!) and a pot-bellied pig named Kevin Bacon. They live on a small farm in South Carolina where they enjoy spending time together and experiencing the farm life. Mike also enjoys being the pastor of David Street Baptist Church in downtown Greenville, SC. The church is a small family of faith that is focused on sharing the beauty and truth of the gospel with a lost and hurting world. In addition, Mike serves his community by serving on the boards of several local ministries. In his spare time, when there is some, Mike enjoys reading, hunting and just about any sport.