Books: Bible, Calvin & Hobbes
Food: Pozole (a great mexican dish my Mom makes)
Movie: IP Man
TV Show: The Bachelor (Just kidding! 24)
Musical Artist: The National
Time of day: Morning
Season: Arizona’s non-existent winter!
Place in the world: New York City & any beach
Place to pray: My room
Recreational: Movies, writing, basketball
Scripture: Psalm 51
Sports Team: AZ Cardinals, Phoenix Suns
Sport: Basketball, football, UFC
Snack food: Celery
Time of day: Early afternoon (2-4p)
Season: Super hot summer days
Place in the world: Dark alleys
Sports team: Lakers
The best thing someone said to me: It’s a boy!
My life motto: God’s my best friend, so life is great!
Three people I’d like to meet: My wife, my wife, my wife!
My Hero: Jesus
One of my greatest experiences with God: God declaring freedom over me!
One thing most people don’t know about me: Spanish was my first language
Family: Julie (wife) and three children, Isabella, Olivia, & Michael, Jr.
When I was saved: June 1987 in Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan
Formal education: BA in Accounting, BA in Hospitality/Business & a minor in Religious Studies from Michigan State University, Victory Leadership Institute, Covenant Leadership Institute
Previous lines of work: Youth Pastor in Michigan, Lead Pastor – Every Nation, Assc Pastor – Scottsdale, Wresting Coach Hamilton High School
One of the things I find most fascinating: My wife
Books: The Bible, books by Ed Cole
Food: Anything home-cooked made with love
Snack Food: Fruit
TV Show: Fox News, 24
Musical Artist: U2
Actor: Mel Gibson
Time of Day: Anytime with my whole family
Place in the World: The beach, watching sunsets
Place to Pray: My casita
Recreational Activities: Exercising, golfing
Scripture: Ephesians 3:20
Sports Team(s): Michigan State Athletics
Sport: Football and UFC
Food: Fast food
Snack Food: Rice cakes
Time of Day: Any boring meeting
Place in the World: Dirty hotel rooms
Sports Team: LA Lakers
The best thing someone said to me: I do! (Julie, my wife)
My life motto: Never stop believing!
Three people I’d Like to meet: William Wilberforce, Bono
My hero: Jesus
One of my greatest experiences with God: Having all my children
One thing most people don’t know about me: I don’t need to be the life of the party!
Family: Wife and seven children
When I was saved: As early as I can remember
Formal education: None to speak of
Previous lines of work: Executive at a multi-national kingdom business that manufactured electronics and electronics components
One of the things I find most fascinating: The gospel
Books: the red letters in the Bible:0); Mere Christianity; Mastering Change; Les Miserables; Economics in One Lesson
Snack Food: Honey mustard pretzels
Movie: Chariots of Fire
TV Show: Last 5 minutes of a close game
Musical Artist: Bach
Actor: Not sure
Time of Day: Mid morning and Mid afternoon
Season: Fall and Spring
Place in the World: the Galilee
Place to Pray: the car
Recreational Activities: basketball
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3-11
Sports Team(s): Pistons, Cardinals
Snack Food: pretzels (that aren’t honey-mustard)
Time of Day: 1-6AM: if I’m awake
Season: Really cold winters and really hot summers
Place in the World: The highways in China
Sports Team: Lakers
The best thing someone said to me: You are a man after God’s own heart
My life motto: For me to live is Christ and to die is gain
Three people I’d Like to meet: Paul, Abraham, Moses
My hero: Jesus
One of my greatest experiences with God: When He told me He loved me
One thing most people don’t know about me: I used to write a lot of poetry (really manly stuff)
Family: Mike (husband) and three children, Isabella, Olivia & Michael, Jr.
When I was saved: Mother’s Day, May 1980
Formal education: BA in Music from Belmont University, Studied Bible and Church Music at Johnson Bible College for 3 years, Victory Leadership Institute
Previous lines of work: Retail, marketing assistant, administrator, college minister
One of the things I find most fascinating: The perfect way God loves me and His immeasurable patience with me.
Books: The Bible (I would be declared insane without it!), Exploring Worship by Bob Sorge, anything by or about Smith Wigglesworth, Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Food: The pork chop, green beans, baby carrots with cornbread country dinner with sweet tea from Cracker Barrel, especially when I’m feeling homesick for the south!
Snack Food: Chocolate covered strawberries, Chocolate dipped pretzels
Movie: End of the Spear, Count of Monte Cristo
TV Show: Divine Design, The Office, 24
Musical Artist: Darlene Zschech
Actor: not really a movie person
Time of Day: When my husband and children hug and kiss me
Place in the World: Vail, Colorado
Place to Pray: On the floor in my closet
Recreational Activities: Music, cooking, reading, interior decorating
Scripture: II Chronicles 16:9
Sports Team(s): Kentucky Wildcats basketball
Sport: Any sport my son plays!
Snack Food: Hot dog
Time of Day: Whenever I’m running late
Place in the World: Wherever scorpions and tarantulas live
Sports Team: Louisville Cardinals
The best thing someone said to me: I forgive you.
My life motto: Live Loved.
Three people I’d Like to meet: Elisabeth Elliot, Lisa Bevere, Candice Olsen
My hero: Jesus
One of my greatest experiences with God: Missions trip to Asia in 1996.
One thing most people don’t know about me: I was held at gunpoint by a robber at a clothing store where I worked when I was 18 years old.
Family: Misty (wife, married Sept 16, 2000); Christine (10), Benjamin (6), and Amie (5)
When I was saved: Saved at 8 years old but fully committed to the Lord at 21
Formal education: BS in Music Industry from Minnesota State University Moorhead
Previous lines of work: While in college I worked at a TV station doing all areas of production. After college we moved to Nashville, TN where I worked at an audio technician and then for TBN as an Engineer. In 2004 I went full time freelance doing video production for various networks (ESPN, FSN, TNT, etc) which I still do today. I split time between my church duties, video production and my website design company.
One of the things I find most fascinating: I find great fascination with any theories or thesis based in very large surveys and data.
Books: 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen, How to win Friends and Influence People, Strengths Based Leadership
Food: Banana Creme Pie
Snack Food: Saltines
Movie: The origitnal Star Wars trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
TV Show: 24, Chuck, Heroes, Mythbusters
Musical Artist: Lincoln Brewster, Hillsong United, New Life Worship, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams
Actor: Nicolas Cage
Time of Day: 7pm .. That’s when I usually go on the air.
Season: Spring (Baseball)
Place in the World: The Western Montana hills, my own bed
Place to Pray: Any prayer meeting started with worship
Recreational Activities: Model Trains, Mountain Biking, Video Games
Scripture: Psalm 95:6
Sports Team(s): San Francisco Giants (World Champs baby!), San Francisco 49ers, Nashville Predators
Food: Anything with “Caserole” in the name
Snack Food: Rice Cakes
Time of Day: 3am to 10am
Place in the World: Mexico City, Mexico
Sports Team: Oakland Raiders, San Jose Sharks
The best thing someone said to me: I do.
My life motto: Do or do not, there is no try.
Three people I’d Like to meet: Glenn Beck, Joel Houston, The Apostle Peter
My hero: Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine
One of my greatest experiences with God: At a conference when He confirmed to me His purpose for worship and expanded my understanding of His desire for my worship and song writing.
One thing most people don’t know about me: When I was an early teen, I got involved with some hackers and found myself on a watch list. I thank God that I’m redeemed and can use my knowledge for good.
Welcome to Bethel where we Love God, Love People and Make Disciples. We are a member of the Every Nation family of churches where the vision is to reach Every Nation in Our Generation.
Our mission is to reach the Phoenix Metro area to touch the world. We look beyond our church and city so we can touch the rest of the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through:
Devotion. We value worship, prayer and the Word. Our foundation is Jesus Christ alone.
Diversity. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church. Being part of Bethel is like getting a little taste of heaven on earth.
Discipleship. We are a spiritual family. As we follow Christ, we help others follow Him too. As we know Him, we make Him known.
The Lord is a name giving and name changing God. Names in scripture are often closely associated with personal destiny or character. Jesus was to save. Peter was to be a rock. Abraham was to be a father of many nations.
Our name, “Bethel” means “house of God” in Hebrew. It is a place where heaven reaches down and touches earth. A place where ministering angels ascend and descend as they did in (Genesis 28:12). It is a place of name change and of promises given by God (Genesis 35:10-12). Bethel is a place of encounter with our God.
When we launched our church in 2007, we chose the name Gateway because of the location where the church was to be founded. At the time, it was in the Gateway neighborhood of Chandler. We sensed that the Lord was opening a door for us. It was a wonderful name for us as we started out on a new journey.
Twelve months ago, the Lord brought me a clear message…”re-launch!” It was as if a brand new season for our church was coming upon us. During this time, we had moved our church from Hamilton High to our current home at CDAJ, but that too was not the extent of what God was about to do. Even before this time my wife, Julie, and I had felt the Lord bringing us back into fellowship with our spiritual family at Every Nation. This is where we had both spent much of our ministry years. However, this word “re-launch” was stronger than simply re-joining Every Nation.
Through many conversations and prayers, and over several months talking with men like Rice Broocks, Jim Lafoon, Kevin York, Dave Polus and our own leadership, it became clear that the Lord was going to change our name. He was changing our name to Bethel.
Bethel, is the name of the church where Julie and I were married, where I was ordained, where we had served together and where we had been sent out from to plant a church in Arizona.
The Lord had spoken through the voice of a prophet that we were about to have a “unique homecoming.” We could never have guessed how fitting that word would be.
What a joy to have God move us from a place of entrance into a place of abiding and changed lives. A place of great promises and even more blessings.
May our church family truly be living stones in the house of God as we continue our mission to Love God, Love People and Make Disciples.
Pastor Mike Gowans