On March 1st, 2018, Mikel Flanders joined the Southern Missouri FCA Team as the Area Representative for the Heart of the Ozarks. Mikel Flanders first experienced the ministry of FCA while he was serving as a Youth Pastor and High School football chaplain in Tulsa, OK in 1997. He currently resides in Lebanon, Missouri with his wife Lindsey, a first-grade teacher in Lebanon and their children Ellie (8) and Eli (6). He loves sharing his passion for Jesus and sports with his children.
Sensing a call to ministry as a teenager, Mikel graduated from high school (Victor, IA) and attended RHEMA Bible College (Broken Arron, OK). Upon graduation, he transferred to North Central University (Minneapolis, MN), where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Pastoral Studies while serving as captain of the basketball team.
Mikel has spent nearly 20 years serving the local church through various pastoral roles in Student Ministry, Groups, and Connections in churches in Minnesota, Oklahoma, Michigan and Missouri. He also started an internet marketing and web design company, was a Regional Manager and certified trainer for the world famous Dale Carnegie Course and has spoken to nearly 100,000 students as a Motivational Speaker for Monster.com.