Dr. Michael Gardner is our Senior Pastor. He is the 10th Senior Pastor in the seventy-year history of Old Mission church. He is a Kansas City native, and Mike and his wife, Ann, live in the Old Leawood area. Before coming to Old Mission, Mike served the First United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas where he preached to an audience of up to 30,000 viewers each Sunday through the Church's TV Ministry. He also has served as Senior Pastor in United Methodist congregations in Dodge City, Olathe, Coffeyville, and Shawnee. Dr. Gardner has degrees from Baker University in Baldwin City and St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, and an earned doctorate from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He has passion for preaching and worship, strategic leadership, and church renewal. He has devoted his ministry to leading large multiple-staff congregations in times of renewed vision.
Mike and Ann have been married since 1978, and they have four young adult children, and nine grandchildren in four different cities. He is, in addition to ministry, passionate about old cars, vintage guitars, and coffee. Check out Mike's weekly blog, "Old Mission / New Vision", at mikesblog.org .