about pastor mike...
Pastor Mike Stow and his lovely wife Kathy Stow have been on the campus of Sangralea Valley where Valley Fellowship Church is located since 1983. He has served on the board and as chairman of Sangralea Valley for several years during that time. Pastor Mike has two biological children, Corey 29, and Tiffany 26. He also has several other young men he calls his own from his 30 some odd years of service as a foster parent to teenage boys, including Marcus, his suedo-adopted son.
Pastor Mike's vision for VFC is simple, yet incredibly important. He desires that VFC should grow, not because he is numbers driven, but because God is using him, his family, and the church to grow the Kingdom of Heaven! Pastor is a direct bringer of the Word of God. By all accounts he is a very dynamic and truthful preacher and teacher who holds nothing back.
As a testiment to God's grace as well as Mike and Kathy's faithfulness to Him, both of pastor's children are serving in the ministry in various capacities. Pastor's son Corey currently serves as the youth pastor and creativity pastor at VFC and his daughter Tiffany has served with Encounter Ministries and is currently a student at Ellerslie Training Institute in Windsor, Colorado.
Pastor Mike has a special heart for orphans and children and leads the church in support of a number of missions ministries. He serves on the board of directors for Encounter Youth Ministries as well. Although he wasn't classically trained in ministry, he has been strenuously trained in real life ministry for decades. Through God's guidance Pastor Mike has led Valley Fellowship Church through many transformations. The church is currently home to around 350 members and leads an average weekly congregation of around 300 people in worship. Since leading the church in their move from Calvary Union Church to the current campus at Sangralea Valley (VFC) just 14 months ago the church has seen exponential growth from around 75 regular worshippers to the current 250 under his guidance.
Pastor Mike is humbled by God's work here at Valley Fellowship Church and takes joy in the fact that God has entrusted him with the leadership of a campus at work for Christ. He is currently seeking and following God in leading the church in a building campaign further increasing the church's capacity to reach the lost and minister to the surrounding communities. He also serves as the chairman of Sangralea Valley and thus assumes a great deal of the maintenance for Valley Fellowship Church as well as the camp.
We are blessed to have a pastor who is seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven and letting Christ guide him in his leadership and appreciate your prayers for Pastor Mike!