Bro. Mike has been the Senior Pastor at Central since 2010. Mike and his wife Laurie both grew up in Magnolia and served in churches in Arkansas and Oklahoma before coming back home to lead their home church. He has earned degrees from Ouachita Baptist University, Southwestern Seminary, and Midwestern Seminary. Mike has served in several different capacities throughout Southern Baptist life at the Associational, State, and National levels. He is a regular speaker at the Arkansas Baptist State Assembly referred to as "Camp Siloam" where he is most widely known as the "Big O!" Laurie has taught school and served as a reading specialist. She currently is enjoying being a stay-at-home mom. Mike and Laurie have three children: Shelby, Haydn and Gracen.