Pastor Mickey was born and raised in nearby Rockford, IL. He received a B.A. from Trinity International University, M.Div. and Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. After nearly a decade of teaching at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in southern California, he was led to transition from the professorate to the pastorate. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Hope Church since July 2014. He is the author of several books on a range of topics including biblical theology, the Gospel of John, and the church. Mickey has been married to Laura since 1999, and they have three children: Jacob, Benjamin, and Ruth. He enjoys reading, camping, hiking, playing basketball, and watching the Chicago Bears.