Mike Hawkins has been an ordained minister for over 25 years. He has served as pastor for three Baptist churches in Missouri and as an adjunct professor for Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, and Midwestern Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. From those schools, he earned three degrees: a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry. Currently, he is the interim pastor at the New Home Baptist church in Camdenton, Missouri, and works as a flagman on a road construction crew. He and his wife Elisa have two daughters, Kristen and Kelsey, and one son Cody, who passed away at the age of 13. He and his family live in southwest Missouri.
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Detour: Outliving Termination
My life story is much like a long trip. Two years ago I was terminated from a position that I had held for 18 years. The ensuing journey was replete with twists and turns, doubts, and what appeared on the surface to be dead-end streets. Although from the beginning I had a familiar voice guiding me, I wrestled for control.
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