Mike Ferrulli joined the Lake Sawyer team in June of 2018.
Mike (pictured with wife Danielle) previously served as Executive Pastor at First Christian Church of Huntington Beach, CA. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and hobbies, loves learning new things, roots for the L.A. Rams, and gets excited when it rains. The Ferrullis have two daughters and reside in Maple Valley, WA.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and grew up in Downey, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, and lived there until I was 27. After getting married my wife and I moved to Arizona for a few years to help plant a church before relocating to Huntington Beach, CA.
How did you and your wife meet?
Ironically, we went to the same elementary school, middle school, and high school together but didn’t meet until we were in college (different ones) and started serving on the student ministry team at our church.
Where did you serve prior to coming to Lake Sawyer?
I previously served as the Executive Pastor at First Christian Church of Huntington Beach. It is an incredible church with a lasting legacy (122 yrs) in the city of HB. The church averages approx. 2,500 people on a weekend and my primary tasks included leading staff, shepherding vision, and sharing preaching duties.
What are some of your hobbies & passions?
I love sports: Dodgers, Rams, Lakers, LAFC, USC (I’m not sure I will be popular here!). I also enjoy running, hiking, camping, fly fishing, backpacking, snowboarding, theatre, reading, podcast, learning, and any new tech. I’m eclectic 🙂
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
My wife just gave me a long list of my “fun facts,” however I get to write this, so I’m going with the fact that I once managed to eat a Costco-sized bag of Sour Patch Kids over the span of a few weeks without my wife being the wiser (I have skills).
How and when were you saved?
I accepted Jesus my senior year of high school. Even though I was raised in a family with a foundation of faith in God, my parents weren’t actively involved in a church, nor did they teach us about Jesus. It wasn’t until my friend Jason incessantly kept inviting me to church that I finally went and really starting wrestling with my faith. Ironically, as I answer this question today (May 17, 2018) I am celebrating my baptism of 21 years ago.
Favorite sport & sports team?
Favorite team is the Dodgers. I’m a baseball guy! I love baseball, but I follow all the major sports. As I mentioned above, the Rams, Lakers, LAFC, and USC are my teams. Most of those allegiances would be pretty hard to break, but some are more flexible if the people of Lake Sawyer can be persuasive enough 🙂
What’s your favorite food?
Pizza! Always. ALWAYS.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I’m not flexible. Seriously, I can’t remember a time when I’ve been able to bend over and touch my toes with straight knees.
Name 3 people you would like to meet:
Wow… great question! The Pope (Pope Francis, but I’ll take whoever is in office at the time.), N.T. Wright (I so appreciate his intellect and kingdom impact), and Pete Carroll (Make it happen, Lake Sawyer. Make it happen!!!!)
Favorite movie of all time?
Top Gun (“That’s right Ice Man, I am dangerous…”)
Top 3 favorite bands?
Pearl Jam (when I’m feeling nostalgic), Hillsong (fills me), & Lecrae (recause rap).
If you could be a kid again for a day, what would you do?
I would do whatever it took to be the ball boy for the Dodgers. That would be epic!
What makes you laugh harder than anything?
Dad jokes – all day long!
What book are you currently reading?
“The Advantage” by Patrick Lencioni, “Lasting Impact” by Cary Nieuwhof, and “Church Growth Flywheel” by Rich Birch
Who are your favorite preachers?
Albert Tate & Andy Stanley
What were you most looking forward to about moving to the Pacific Northwest?
The sunshine!! Ok, honestly, the opportunity to lead you guys. I also look forward to the outdoor opportunities, real seasons, and green.
What makes you most excited about being Lake Sawyer’s lead pastor?
The people! While there are many more for me to meet, I can tell you the women and men I’ve spent time with are incredible. They have big hearts for God and a deep desire to see lives changed! I’m also excited to lead Lake Sawyer into this new season of ministry with so much growth happening in the surrounding communities. Literally the opportunity and potential are limitless.
We have to ask…COFFEE. What’s your go-to drink?
I’m fairly plain, homemade cold brew with a splash of milk!