Mike is a small town boy who grew up on a hobby farm in Michigan. After finishing a science degree at Central Michigan University in 1977, Mike moved to Canada to begin working in university student ministry. Karen finished her education degree the same year. Mike and Karen were married in 1978, after years of friendship that started in high school.

Edmonton was their home for 11 years. Their son and 3 daughters were born in rapid order. Home base moved to Ottawa and then to their current home in Abbotsford, British Columbia. His work with students has taken him to over 30 countries. While continuing to work in student ministry, Mike and Karen both finished MA degrees from Trinity Western University, ACTS Seminary.

Mike and Karen currently serve with FamilyLife Canada. Their family has expanded to include 3 sons-in-law and two grandsons. Mike enjoys backpacking in the stunning mountains and wilderness of Western Canada. A thrill seeker at heart, bungee-jumping, sky-diving, marathon and triathlon have been checked off his life’s “to do” list. His motto is, “Life is an adventure!” Karen’s motto is, “One adventurer in a family is enough!”

In the summer of 2012 Mike’s first book was released. Love That Lasts-52 Insights for Couples is a collection of insights that first appeared as weekly posts on the FamilyLife Canada website. The book is now available in English and French.

Written by Mike Woodard

Mike Woodard

Mike is married to Karen, he is father of 4 and grandfather of 2. Backpacking is his favourite past time. Science and theology are his educational background, a biology degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Christian Studies from Trinity Western Seminary. Mike is the Associate Director of FamilyLife Canada. For more of his story visit familylifecanada.com/mike