G. Michael Livingston
Executive Committee and Past Chairman of the Board
Mike grew up in the Island of Jamaica. At the age of 17 felt a call to ministry, which he followed by getting his Theological training at Fort Wayne Bible college in Fort Wayne, In, and at the age of 24 became a Senior Pastor in Fleetwood, Pa. After pastoring for a total of 22 years he was called to become the District Superintendent of the Western District of the Missionary Church, the Western District’s CEO position which he led from August 1989 until summer of 2018, and entering into retirement.
Mike’s visionary leadership is evident in his accomplishments. In addition to being a pastor to the pastors in 6 western states as Regional Director, one of his main duties was to oversee the starting of new churches. The District had an entity called Western Loans which provided loans for churches; however, Mike realized that he needed to have a means to fund these church plants. He then started a Foundation called Stewardship Development Foundation, with the main purpose of providing funds for church planting as well as Stewardship Education for churches and Estate planning. That foundation evolved into what was called Christian Foundation of the West (CFW) and now called Christian Foundation of America (CFA).
Additionally, Mike has developed a Rebirthing process for churches that need radical surgery. Since developing this process, he has personally mentored/coached several plateaued and dying churches through successful rebirths into healthy, dynamic, growing churches.
Mike has also strategized a process for refocusing the pastor and the church with the goal of producing healthy,reproducing churches. He is also a certified consultant for “Natural Church Development” founded by Christian Schwarz.
Mike finds himself quite busy in “Retirement” by serving on 4 national boards, and through his church consulting. He makes his home in Moorpark, California with his wife Judy of 52 years. They have two daughters, Heather and Holly and six grandchildren.