God’s Purpose in Your Times of Despair

SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Guest Speaker: Rev. Mike Hess


Mike Hess serves as the National Representative of the GARBC. Mike grew up in the Chicago suburb of Oswego, Illinois, and came to know Christ as his Savior at the age of 17. He and his wife, Christina, met in college and have been blessed with two children, Joseph and Hannah.

In Mike’s role as National Representative, he serves the association by encouraging local churches, counseling churches and pastors in need, assisting in pastoral placement, speaking in various churches and ministry settings, mentoring and training other pastors, and by championing our fellowship’s doctrinal statement.

Before assuming the role of National Representative, Mike served as a senior pastor in the states of Illinois and Iowa. He has served consecutive terms on the GARBC Council of 18 and has been heavily involved in our association with speaking, writing, biblical counseling, and facilitating our national conference. He has been blessed to speak in various countries including Australia, Argentina, Columbia, Haiti, Mexico, Italy, and Israel.

Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Clarks Summit University and his master’s degree from Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Currently he is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree. He’s a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Mike and his wife, Christina, enjoy traveling, reading, enjoying their chocolate Labrador, Lucy, and faithfully following and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.