Naomi and Stephanie and Me
Hey, My Name is
Mike Briggs

Wow. How do you talk about yourself without sounding arrogant?
Not really sure yet I would like to tell you a little about myself. So, here we go.

I am married to a wonderful woman, Stephanie, since September 15, 1996. Not only does she support God's call on my life to be a pastor, she is truly a Partner-in-Ministry with me. We have two amazing children. Caleb is 21. He serves in the US Army in Washington state. Naomi is 19. She works full time as a much-loved preschool teacher.

 

We have two dogs. Jake who is about eight and is my running partner. Ziva, our daughter's new puppy, is an amazing (or troubling) burst of energy. Cricket is our son's cat that he left us with. She is my breakfast friend who must be reminded (so says my wife) to not get on the counter top. 

I am currently the Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Tavares. I have had the privilege of serving these folks since January 2016. 

I grew up in the small town of Manchester, Massachusetts, north of Boston. I graduated high school in 1985. I received my Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and a Third Mates Unlimited License from Maritime College in the Bronx, New York City in 1989. I recieved a Master's in Social Work for the University of Central Florida in 1998. I completed my Masters of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida in 2009. I am Ordained Elder in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2015. 

I served as the Youth Pastor of Aloma United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Florida from 1993-2006. I worked at Walgreens as an Assistant Manager from 2006-2009. I served the people at Saint Cloud United Methodist Church as their Pastor from 2009-2015. 

 

I absolutely love to spend time with my wife and children.  I ride my Harley Low Rider most Saturdays with my biker gang. I love kayaking where ever I can. I find great satisfaction indoing wood working projects and refinishing furniture. I shoot a recurve bow. I run and go to the gym - really slow and only a few pounds. I read books about Jesus, the local church as the hope of the world, and books and movies about spies (Jason Bourne to Kim Philby to Duško Popov.) 

I love to teach people about God-the-Father, God-the-Son and God-the-Holy-Spirit so they can live effective and powerful lives for God in the abundant and eternal life of God!

Please listen to Jesus say to you,

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

(see Mark 4:9)