April 26, 2016
When Mike walked into my life years ago I was forever transformed. He had the zeal of a world-class soldier (which he was) yet the heart of a lion. From the day I met him until his last, he acted like his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and selflessly cared for others more than himself. He was a consummate servant who would be the first to admit he wasn’t perfect but always ready to lay down his life for his brothers.
Sarge was a man’s man. To spend time with him made me want to charge a hill and be forever victorious. To encounter Sarge was to encounter a master-discipler. He always took on people’s burdens and carried us all on his broad gospel shoulders.
One of Sarge’s towering attributes was his conviction. He cared about truth and he cared about people applying the truth. If he believed you needed a strong word and he felt the compulsion of the Spirit, he would put off the fear of man and set coordinates to reprove you—I know because I was the recipient of many of those “shepherding moments.”
He gave his best to the local church. At the end of the day and after a lifetime of accomplishments, he was a churchman. A doggone good one too. He threw himself into the church and served as a faithful and exemplary elder. We all have benefited from his wisdom and love for Christ’s church.
Finally, Sarge was a good time. We would laugh, share “war” stories, and plotted out strategies - even crazy ones at times. In so many ways we thought alike.
Sarge leaves this planet for a better place but leaves a gaping hole in all of us. Heaven got a faithful one today. Our loss is his gain. Even though we are confident that to be absent from this earthly body is to be present with the Lord, it still hurts.
See you soon Sarge and get those angels in order.
We miss you bad,
Dan, on behalf of many protégés of Sarge