Mike Dodd

I was raised in a Roman Catholic family and attended a private Catholic school, where I served as an altar boy. As a child, I had an appreciation and love for what I later understood to be the presence of God, even though it was before I confessed Jesus Christ as my Savior. It was not until my senior year of high school that I prayed with my older brother, Matthew, to receive Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. From that moment on, I knew my life would never be the same because of God’s grace.

During my college years at the University of Washington (U.W.) and Boise State University (B.S.U.), I was blessed with the opportunity to play college football as a Place Kicker. The transition from U.W. to B.S.U. is a story of the Father’s great love and faithfulness during an exceptionally difficult season of my life. But by God’s grace, I earned many All-American Awards while playing for B.S.U., including an NCAA Statistical Champion Award which is displayed in B.S.U.’s Hall of Fame. In the midst of these many transitions and faith-stretching opportunities, I was blessed with my amazing and beautiful wife, Jen. Over the years, we have witnessed God’s amazing grace and faithfulness.

Prior to serving on staff at a local church in Boise, I worked in the corporate sphere for companies such as Blue Cross of Idaho. At that time, our hearts were burdened to serve God’s people. In fact, Jen and I have served in local church ministry for most of our marriage. We have served in just about every area of ministry from children’s ministries, to youth directors, as a lay pastor, before I served ten years in full-time pastoral ministry.

We have seven incredible children, which includes a wonderful son-in-law and an amazing daughter-in-law. Our family has also been blessed with three beautiful grandchildren!

Jen and I are excited to be part of what the Lord is doing in the hearts of the high school youth and young adults at Calvary. It is a privilege to partner with the Holy Spirit and the families of C.C.W.C. to see both groups grow stronger in their faith in Jesus Christ.

I was a born and raised on the south side of Detroit in Michigan. As a freshmen in high school, I felt God’s call on my life to become a youth pastor. My youth pastor was like a second father to me, and the church was a home away from home when I was a lost and troubled youth. God’s redemptive work in my early life led me to live out my calling in full-time youth ministry. My wife, Selena, and I met in high school as we both were volunteering together at in middle school youth ministry. After high school I went on to get a degree in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies from Spring Arbor University. After college I served in full-time youth ministry and worship ministry until my wife and I felt God’s leading to move. God led us to CCWC and we were extremely excited to be able to work specifically with middle school students. We both love teenagers so much and have dedicated our entire lives to raising up a future generation of sold-out Jesus followers.

Selena and I have two boys named Elliot and Jude. Outside of playing and spending time with Elliot, I enjoy reading, playing music, playing kendama, being outdoors, and drinking coffee.