Our pastor, Mike Christ, came to the church in May of 2011. Mike grew up in Maryland. He met his wife Rebecca at their home church. They were married in 2003. Mike and Becky have four children, and the family loves living in Greenbelt.
Originally intending to teach history, Mike graduated from Towson University with a B.S. degree in history in 2000. But Mike felt God leading him in the direction of Christian ministry. He earned an M.Div from Capital Bible Seminary, in Lanham, MD, in 2004. He received a Th.M from Westminster Theological Seminary, in Philadelphia, in 2008. As a “hobby” he is currently working on a Ph.D in Historical Theology through the University of Chester in the UK.
Mike began vocational ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ at Towson University in 2000. He then worked as an intern at his home church, North Harford Baptist, from 2002 to 2004. He served the First Baptist Church of Perryville as an associate pastor from 2004-2007. In 2007 Mike and his family relocated to Turkey to help support a local church. They lived there for about 3 years.
Mike’s passion is preaching, teaching and talking about life and God over coffee. The theme that has most captured Mike’s heart is union with Christ. Paul writes that believers are, “Blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). For Mike, ministry is all about helping Christians see the wonderful resources they have in Christ.
When Mike is not in his office or meeting with people in the church and community, he can be seen walking in a park with his family, pedaling his road bike, or enjoying a book at the New Deal Café over coffee. You can reach Mike through the church office by phone at (301) 474-4213 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen attended and graduated from Frostburg State University, majoring in Philosophy and Capital Bible Seminary for his Master’s in Divinity. “Growing up my family lived all over the world due to my father’s job with the State Department. We lived in places like Cuba, Panama, Zambia, South Africa, and Venezuela. It was a real blessing to see the world and experience the diversity of peoples and cultures in each locale.”
Not growing up a Christian, it was just before entering University that he came to saving faith in Jesus Christ. But upon entrance into the Philosophy track he quickly discovered the need for a reasonable faith. “I was a brand new believer but was really impressed with the thoughtfulness and care my professors showed in why they didn’t believe in God or the gospel. As a result I gave myself to really understanding why I believed what I believed. Or as Augustine states it, crede, ut intelligas, ‘believe so that you may understand.’ As I did so, I came to fall in love more and more not only with God in Jesus Christ, but with His word. It was near the end of my time at school that I came to realize my joy and delight in explaining to others the great news contained in the Word about Jesus Christ.”
His call to ministry came in 2007 where he interned at Trinity Community Church in Bowie, MD which evolved into a pastoral associate role. Greenbelt Baptist Church called him to be a pastor in January of 2015. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to have seen the world growing up. What’s great about the city of Greenbelt is that the world in all its diversity has seemed to converge here. There are so many different kinds of people here. I pray that the Lord would be pleased to use me and Greenbelt Baptist Church to uphold and exalt the beauty of Christ for all the city to see and cherish.”
He blogs at A Place For Truth and enjoys reading history, poetry, philosophy, and theology, as well as biking around the D.C. area.