Mike and Kris Reed Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
14220 State Route 104 Cell: (316) 259-8081
Ashville, OH 43103
My wife, Kris, and I will celebrate 29 years of marriage in May. We were born and lived in Ohio our entire lives before God called us to serve as Awana missionaries. We have four children: Ben (26), Emily (24), Megan (21) and Katie (19). Ben is married to Lisa and they have given us two wonderful grandsons. Before Awana, I worked at Nationwide Insurance for 23 years. Kris had been a stay-at home mom and worked as a part-time attorney up until the time we joined Awana. Back in Ohio, Kris served in our Awana Club 15 years, first as a Sparks leader and Sparks director, and then as club secretary. I served in Awana for 14 years as commander.
Neither Kris nor I grew up going to Awana and didn’t even hear name Awana until after we were married. In early 2002, I began to sense that God was calling me to do something more for Him. During that time, I had gone through reorganization at Nationwide that resulted in the elimination of my mid-level management position. Fortunately, God provided another job that allowed me to continue employment at the same salary, but I knew that there was something else God wanted me to do, but full-time ministry was not one of them! During this time, He began to lay some things on my heart about how I have spent the first 40 years of my life on this earth and how I was going to spend the remaining time I had for His service. All Kris and I could do was pray for direction from God.
Around this same time, we were asked by our Awana Missionary in Southern Ohio if we would be willing to help out with training during the 2002 Fall Training Conference in Columbus. Kris and I agreed and were greatly blessed by the opportunity to share our knowledge about Awana and to train others to be used effectively by God in their Awana programs. Soon after, Steve and Pam invited us to join our Ministry Team to help us serve the churches in Southern Ohio.
In early 2003, we brought a group of our clubbers to participate in a Bible Quiz event in Columbus. While there, we heard about the need for another Awana missionary couple to join Steve and Pam serve churches in Southern Ohio. Upon hearing these words, God stirred in me His calling us to serve as missionaries with Awana. As it turned out, Kris shared with me later that day that God spoke to her in the same way that day. This was a wonderful confirmation to both of us that this was something God was calling us to do since this was the first time we had ever discussed being full-time missionaries with Awana (or any organization for that matter).
We began serving as Awana missionaries in August 2004. We served in Kansas for 7 ½ years before moving to western Kentucky in December 2011. In October 2016 we relocated to central Ohio to assume the responsibilities of leading a five-state region and serving as missionaries to central/southeast Ohio and Kentucky. We are humbled by how God is working through us to equip and encourage churches in their mission to reach and disciple children and youth through the Awana ministry.