Pastor Mike Millican
Everyone calls me Pastor Mike and my heart has been held captive by the love of Christ since April of 1979 when I was led to the Lord Jesus. I was born in 1953. I was born again in 1979. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Susan since 1973 and love her more than ever. We have three awesome kids: Jason; Ashley Jackson; and Tim. Susan’s brother Mark also lives with us. I have had the privilege of being the pastor here at Lakeland Bible Church since April 1, 1990. I love the people whom God has entrusted to me here and I consider it a great honor to shepherd the flock here. I love sharing Christ with the lost, teaching God’s Word and helping others learn of the sufficiency of His marvelous grace. I love kids because they are so insanely real and I know they have a special place in our Lord’s heart.
I am humbled and was quite surprised God has called me to be a pastor. Casting Crowns has a song that well expresses how I feel about it:
Cause when I’m weak, You make me strong
When I’m blind, You shine Your light on me
Cause I’ll never get by living on my own ability
How refreshing to know You don’t need me
How amazing to know that You want me
So I’ll stand on Your truth, and I’ll fight with Your strength
Until You bring the victory, by the power of Christ in me
I am forever compelled by the love of Christ. My life is His to do with as He pleases. I am amazed that He wants me… but it makes me want Him even more!
If you would, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”(Ps.37:4) It gives me great joy to share in the fullness of Christ.
All for Jesus!
I became a believer May 1964 before leaving for Vietnam. It has been my privilege to have felt the hand of God on my life through each year, each trial, and each adventure. My wife Gail blessed me by saying “Yes!”, 29 years ago! We have three great kids and two wonderful grandchildren. Since coming to LBC, I’ve had the joy of seeing this Congregation grow, if not so much numerically but certainly spiritually. I am truly thankful for whatever ministry opportunities God has allowed me to be a part of. As the days grow darker in our land with many wanting and needing the sweet peace that Christ can give, I know more folks will come and I assure them they are all welcome!!
If you were to die tonight, do you know for certain that you would go to heaven? If you were to ask me that same question when I was 18, I would have said No. My understanding of salvation was through works and since my “bad” works out numbered my “good” works, I figured why bother. I’m obviously not good enough. Boy was I wrong! Ephesians 2:8-9 cannot be any more clear..”For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast..”. Don’t get me wrong, faith based works is important for the believer so long as their heart is in the right place. But works has no value to the unbeliever. You cannot work or earn your way into heaven. Salvation is a gift and can only be received by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. There is only one way (sorry Oprah!), and that is through Jesus! John 14:6, Jesus tells us “..I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me…”.
So what do you have to do? Acknowledge that you are a sinner, that only through the blood of Christ can your sins be forgiven and accept Jesus into your heart. That’s it! Accept the gift that God has freely given all of us and rejoice in the fact that your salvation is assured through the blood of Christ. Amazing? His Love and His Grace is amazing! Want to learn more? Come visit us!
Jodel Garcon serves as Deacon and is also over the Youth Program at Lakeland Bible Church. Jodel Garcon has been with Lakeland Bible Church since 2015. He is a married father of 3, has a passion for evangelism, and outreach and believes very strongly that a relevant church is a church that connects with its community along the lines of the command to love God with all of one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Connect with Jodel Garcon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.