After graduating from college in electrical engineering, Myke served a two-year missionary term in Kenya. It was there that Myke first considered career ministry. He says, "We serve an awesome God! My passion is to see students' lives changed by the power of Jesus, and to plant and strengthen college ministries that help facilitate that change. "I want to see students encounter Jesus, be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and become equipped to minister while at college, in the local church, and after graduation." Myke directs the ministry at Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus and serves as an Area Coach for Arizona and Mexico.
Myke, raised in a Christian family, made a conscious commitment to Christ while in high school.
Melody came to know the Lord in Junior high. After graduation she served with Campus Ambassadors in Ashland, Oregon until their marriage in 1985.
In 1991 they moved to Minneapolis to begin a new ministry at the University of Minnesota.
The winter of 1999 found Myke, Melody and son Matthew relocating to Tempe, Arizona. They now work on the campus of Arizona State University-Polytechnic.
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Arizona, United States