About Pastor Mike Patton
Born and raised a “buckeye,” my hometown of Lima, Ohio will always remind me of my mid-western values of kindness and decency on which I am founded and for which I am grateful. Most of that is due to my grandmother who recently uprooted from Lima and now lives close enough to be a regular at Oak Springs. She prays for me daily along with my mother who is in Carlsbad, and also prays for me. I feel like a true “Timothy.”
My training for ministry began in the Christian Church/Church of Christ and what is now Hope International University (Pacific Christian College). After graduating with my BA in Diversified Ministry (’85) and while acquiring my MA in Church Ministry (’89), I served in the Christian Church/Church of Christ for 12 years. I was recruited and hired by an RCA church in Moreno Valley, CA and went to Fuller Theological Seminary to get my MDiv (’04). My two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) remain at the top of my ministry training experiences.
My partner in life and family is Lisa who said she’d hang with me until one of us died. We were married in June of 1985, and she still lets me hang around! We have three daughters who are growing faster than we thought possible, more expensive than we ever dreamed, but who occupy the heart of our prayers together every night. We think highly of each one and have high expectations of what God is doing in each of their lives.
My mission in life is to inspire people by communicating truth with humor. This has led me to the preaching/teaching ministry of Oak Springs, a hospice chaplaincy in Fallbrook, and volunteer service with every group of people to whom I’m connected.
My vision for ministry in Murrieta includes an equestrian therapy center, a hospice facility and a school of the arts, all on a single campus. The vision is way out of reach for me, so I know it must have God’s fingerprints on it. I am excited by the subtle and not so subtle hints God has provided to keep my vision in focus. To Him be all glory!