Hi, my name is Mike Willis. God has given me an amazing opportunity to serve as the Director of Ministry Operations!Words can’t express what a privilege it is to be able to assist and equip our staff and lay leaders, so that they can effectively help families live a healthy and balanced life allowing them to better love God, each other, and their neighbors. I am humbled to have had the opportunity to lead such a fantastic team of people, 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 justr ecently took a position at Presence Family practice in Hampshire. Megan loves playing teacher, gymnastics, and being artistic. Christian is our boy who loves WWE, Taekwondo, and trains. And Luke enjoys preschool, baseball, and WWE like his brother.
I really enjoy using the gifts God’s given me to serve others especially in the areas of leadership development, 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 LeadershipLab, 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 10 years. I also have been a volunteer leader and director at Leadership Lab, a week‐longELCA 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 10 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.