Mike Cavanaugh currently serves as the founder and director of Not Many Fathers, a ministry dedicated to mentoring emerging Christian leaders in how to make wise decisions, preach dynamically, and boldly initiate their visions so they can reach their God-given potential.
Mike was the founder and director of BASIC College Ministries, which after 40 years is still impacting students for Christ today. He also founded and directed Mobilized to Serve which for 15 years challenged single adults to serve Christ. During this time he also wrote a book called God’s Call to the Single Adult that sold over 100,000 copies and is still published today under the title The Power and Purpose of Singleness.
Mike formally incorporated and pastored Elim Gospel Church, a dynamic congregation of nearly 1,000 in Lima, NY for 20 years leading them to raise the funds and construct a 60,000 square foot ministry center. He also served as the full-time Vice President of Elim Fellowship a ministerial organization where he worked with hundreds of pastors and Christian leaders.
Most recently Mike served for 8 years as the President of Elim Bible Institute and College, where he led the school to achieve full accreditation and saw hundreds of thousands of dollars of aid released for students. He is very proud that the school is now the only accredited charismatic Bible school in New York State. He is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute and College, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Bakke Graduate University.
A motivating speaker known for his clarity and humor, Mike has traveled extensively in the U.S. and overseas equipping leaders and challenging young people to transform the world for Christ.
He and his wife, Terri, reside in Lima, NY, and have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Two of his children are missionaries to Asia and one is a marketplace entrepreneur; each of them is dedicated to world impact.