FBCVA-6Mike Lovely

Senior Pastor
 
Mike Lovely joined the First Baptist staff as Senior Pastor in May, 2014. He has 25 years of ministry experience as Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Senior Pastor, and he has been blessed to see God grow each of the churches he has served, both numerically and spiritually.
 
Born and raised in the Dallas area, Mike came to faith in Christ at age 8. He sensed God’s call on his life as a teenager, and while struggling with his decision, God took what was one of his greatest fears and turned it into one of his greatest passions – to creatively and clearly communicate God’s Word to others.
Following high school graduation, Mike attended the International Institute and toured the U.S. with a singing and drama team, before following God’s leading in moving to Ohio to attend Ohio Bible College and Seminary. Although at first wondering why God would direct him to a small Bible college in Northeast Ohio, it soon became clear — it was there he met Kristie Stadtlander, whom he married in 1989. They have four children: Matt (22), Tim (19), Ashley (17), and Addyson (3).
 
Upon completion of his class work in 1991, Mike and his family moved back to Texas, where he completed his pastoral internship and was ordained to the ministry at Grace Baptist Church in Flower Mound. He remained on staff there for the next four years until God led them to his first pastorate in Clarksville, Texas. He and his family are excited to see what God has in store for their future at First Baptist, Van Alstyne.