Mike Pittman - Lead pastor
Pastor Mike Pittman is the Lead Pastor and founding planter of Vertical Church. Mike feels that the call of his life is to lead people to live passionate, wholehearted lives for Jesus. Pastor Mike also feels a calling to plant as many Gospel-teaching, life-giving churches as God will allow during his lifetime, believing it a calling to pour into Pastors and potential church planters.
Pastor Mike did not intend a life serving God but rather, pursued a career in music as a professional musician in a heavy metal band. Upon the birth of his first child Mike realized that the life of a touring musician was not for him. Feeling the loss of his lifelong dream sent him on a journey of discovering what his life would ultimately be about. At the age of 27 he found his answer - on a Sunday morning in a little baptist church in Red Springs, NC, Mike surrendered his heart and life to Jesus Christ. That decision not only changed his eternity, it changed the pursuit of his life as God began to show Mike a new direction that would lead others to Jesus.
Mike and his wife, Keyna, have been married since 1989 and have 2 incredible kids, Madison and Matt. Pastor Mike still loves drums, heavy metal, Seinfeld (“everything in life can be linked back to an episode of Seinfeld”), COFFEE, developing leaders and helping people who don’t like church meet God.
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