Mike and Joanna have been married since May 2014. They met through Campus Outreach at the University of Minnesota and started dating soon after Joanna graduated and got married a little over a year later. Mike attended Northwestern College, where he also played football. During a practice he met a CO staff member and upon building a relationship with him, Mike gained a heart for college ministry and a desire to give his life to reaching college students with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Joanna got involved with Campus Outreach during her junior year. It was in her senior year, through being discipled by a staff woman as well as attending the Summer Training Project, that she began to have a heart for college students.
Mike and Joanna are so thankful for the investment of these staff. Mike ministered at the University of Minnesota from 2010 to 2017, and Joanna joined him in ministry at the U when they got married. In the spring of 2017 they became the Mobilization Directors, which focuses on transitioning seniors and graduates on all five campuses out of college and Campus Outreach into greater involvement in the church, full time jobs, and ministering to coworkers and neighbors. They feel so privileged to watch hearts and lives transformed by the Gospel in college and after.