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Pastor, husband, father, musician, cappuccino lover

Biography

Dr. Michael Gardner is the Senior Pastor of the Old Mission United Methodist Church in Fairway, Kansas near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. He served for eight from 2004 to 2012 years as Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, preaching to most of Kansas on KAKE TV to an audience of 30,000 viewers.

Dr. Gardner has degrees from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, as well as an earned doctorate, with honors, from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Dr. Gardner has gifts, training and passion for preaching and worship, strategic consultation, leadership development, systems analysis, and church renewal. He has devoted his ministry to leading multiple-staff large congregations and leading churches through change.

Mike grew up in the Hyde Park area of Kansas City, Missouri and landmarks like the Country Club Plaza, Westport, and Loose Park are part of his DNA, and the Kansas City area has always been “home.” He has been married to Ann, the love of his life, since 1978, and they have four grown children, and nine grandchildren.

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I am passionate about so many things, but none more than living as a contagiously joyous, authentic follower of Jesus Christ. I love my wife and family and friends. I also like old cars and vintage guitars, art, travel, classical music and classic rock, coffeehouses and conversation, iPads, iPhones, iPods, iMacs, pretty much iAnythings, unplanned moments, and people - oh I love people, yes I do.