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When the people at Midway Church of God look at the podium during revival this week, they will see a face that has become familiar to them and many people in Madison and Suwannee Counties over the past 12 years. They will see a tenacious minister who peppers his messages with humor and seems to preach Heaven down. They will see a family man, who is fiercely loyal to his wife of 28 years, Angie, and sons, Joshua True, 19, and Jonah Blue, 13. They will look and know that they see a man of God, who is their friend and not afraid to share what God has laid on his heart.
Bishop Mike Carson will also be speaking at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church during their Holy Week service on Tuesday, April 15. He is the kind of minister who can cross the racial divide and be as welcome in an African American church, as well as a white church. He used to pastor a predominantly black church in Atlanta, Ga., and was one of only five white graduates in his class from the now defunct Havana Northside High School in Gadsden County.
Bishop Carson is usually stuck in one speed when he is preaching and that speed is wide open. He is dedicated to seeing souls saved and people healed.
The first church he pastored was Evangel Worship Center in Marianna. From there, he went to Telogia Assembly of God, before going into Georgia and pastoring Zion Grove Assembly of God and Ellenwood Assembly of God. He next became a youth pastor at Living Waters Church of God in Ocala, the third largest Church of God in Florida. He then began an evangelistic career and under the tutelage of Pastor Fred Watson at Live Oak Church of God and Pastor Retis Flowers of Midway Church of God, he became a fixture every year for revivals in the area. He became the state evangelist for the Church of God in Tennessee.
Soon, Bishop Carson felt he was being called back into the pastoral ministry and answered the call at Lafayette Church of God in Lafayette, Tenn. The church grew by leaps and bounds under his ministry as God poured out his blessings upon the congregation.
The state of Florida began calling his name again, though, and he returned home to be close to his parents and to become the pastor at Dowling Park Church of God.
Since his arrival, the church, which had almost shut its doors, has begun to grow with services held Sunday mornings and youth services on Tuesday and Family Training Hour on Wednesday.
Bishop Carson is also leading the church in outreach ministry. The church has an emergency food pantry which he hopes to see grow into a place where food can be distributed at least once a month to more members of the community. The church is also holding an Easter egg hunt the Saturday before Easter and they hope to have over 100 children attend.
“We are looking to bring healing by using the three Rs,” he said. “We’ve adopted this from the Church of God’s Vital Initiative. The three Rs are to Revalue our community, Reclaim our community and Revive our community.”
The revival at Midway Church of God will run Wednesday through Friday with services beginning at 7 p.m. each evening. Everyone is welcome.