Hello my name is Mike.
I was born in southwest Indiana but I got to Texas just as fast as I could. I came to Texas in 1963 with my parents after spending about a year and a half in Europe and 9 years in southern Indiana. My father passed away in M.D. Anderson hospital just eight days after President Kennedy was assignated and this has been home ever since. I spent six years, 5 years, 11 months, 21 days, and a few odd hours, but who kept track, in the US Navy during the Viet-Nam war ear from 1970-1976. And in 1989 I took a job back up in Indiana that lasted until 1994 when we returned "home"
The most important decision in my life was to trust Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and I have been a Christian since 1982. I had grown up in the Roman Catholic Church but I had never trusted in Jesus. Neither myself or any other Christian always acts as Jesus would want us to and that old bumper sticker that says "Christians aren't perfect … just … forgiven" is more true than you can imagine. Regardless of what anyone else tells you Christianity is not a religion but is truely a … relationship with Jesus, and none of us are perfect and we all make plenty of mistakes.
My family and I are active at Fairmont Park Church in La Porte, TX where we live. While at Fairmont Park we are "Baptist" in theology that is we follow the "Baptist Faith & Message. We are Christian first and do not necessarily consider ourselves "Baptists" in the classic sense. We have a modern (aka Contemporary / Seeker Sensitive / Purpose Driven) worship service with a full band. Most of our bible study class's (Sunday School) are done off campus during the week in homes, we call them small groups. One thing I most highly respect about our pastor is that he tells visitors if they are not comfortable with our worship style or organizational structure then please find a fellowship where they can worship and serve.
I am a fan of Contemporary Christian Music and my favorite Christian music radio stations are KSBJ and KHJK which is an Air 1 station. But I mostly enjoy listening to talk radio. I enjoy Michael Berry (local host), Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck and mix up my listening habits a little. One of the great things about talk radio is that you get to hear things that you will not hear from the pulpit and network news casts which helps, me at least, constantly re-evaluate my core convictions and what I believe. Make no doubt about it I am a veteran, a conservative and politicially active. I strongly believe that the gospel demands that we be involved in our politics whether federal, state, county or local levels. I believe in the strong rugged individualism that made this country great and am deeply saddened by the number of people who think they are owed something.
I also believe that scripture also requires us to have personal involvement in our community. Whether that is volunteering at the library, homeowners association, or taking countless trips chaperoning high school students all over the country. It could be serving on the school board, city council and so on. It could be as with our fellowship were we have a group of men who are good at home repair and basic construction and give countless hours of free labor to homeowners who can not afford to make repairs to their homes. It could be volunteering with your city or county government. But it should be using the gifts God has given you to share with others.
My main hobby is amateur radio, (my call sign is KA5CVH). I am most active on the VHF & UHF bands and also have several scanners as well as ham radios. In addition to monitoring the ham bands I enjoy monitoring the local law enforcement agencies, fire & EMS. I enjoy severe weather spotting with the NWS Skywarn program and an emergency communicator for the Harris County Office of Emergency Management, and the City of LaPorte Office of Emergency Management. I am also a member of ARES & RACES which are the two organizations that provide emergency communications to assist public service agencies in the event of a disaster. I am also a CERT member and have been through our cities basic and advanced citizens police academy and volunteer there too. These are my areas of service of giving back to my community. Presently I am also an Assistant Public Information Coordinator for the ARRL, South Texas Section and PIO to Harris County ARES.
My wife Sara and I have two children. Our son Chase, KC5MPK is 35 and lives in Longview TX. Our daugher Erica is 29. Erica is married to a wonderful guy named Josh and they are living in Colorado Spring but work up near Denver in Parker CO.
I now work for a staffing company and am on assignment with Zurich. I worked for them once before as a field (risk) engineer doing boiler / pressure vessel inspections. This time my job is a part time desk job out of my house doing engineering services fee quotes and maintaining some databases that apply to the job.
If you are a ham and get in the southeast Houston / Harris county area drop by and say hi. You may find me on the local repeaters mostly 145.170(-)(123.0) buy also try 146.520 simplex as well.
May God richly bless you as he has me!