Area Director of Pacific Rim and China
Shortly after placing his faith in Christ at the age of 15, Mike Southworth had a strong sense that God was calling him to full-time ministry, but at the time did not have any idea of where that would take him. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mike has now has served in ministry for more than 35 years; about 28 of those either living overseas or traveling internationally on a regular basis.
After completing his Master of Arts in Christian Leadership Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary, Mike came to Awana in August 2010. He and his wife had served in the ministry in the various places their family lived over the years (Mike as a T&T leader and Sherri in Sparks). Mike serves as Area Director for China and the Pacific Rim. He is also involved in various projects in the United States.
Mike and his wife Sherri have three children and live in Crown Point, Indiana. Mike’s various ministry experiences serve him well as he leads national teams in 17 countries, helping them (as needed) to adapt programs for effectiveness, in strategy development, planning, goal setting, and evaluation of outcomes. Mike’s additional role as Director of Global Network Connections helps Awana address growth and discipleship opportunities with international people groups around the globe.