Pastor Mike Ryherd – Senior PastorIMG_2639-small

Pastor Mike has served as Senior Pastor and head visionary at Abiding Peace Community Church since 2013. He is ordained through Kingdom Global Ministries.

Mike and his wife, Trish, have been married for over 20 years. Together they have three beautiful daughters, Ashley, Peyton, and Hailey. They reside in the town of Corinth, TX, just north of the church.

Pastor Mike has a unique skill set and a diverse theological background that he brings to his ministry. He grew up in the Foursquare denomination under the guidance of his parents who were pastors as well. Mike was filled with the Holy Spirit at a young age, and has dedicated his life to defend the Word of God tenaciously. After his first two years of seminary, he was led to transfer to a Methodist seminary in Dallas, at SMU. It proved to be a training ground for him to stand on the Word and would be refined by the process. After graduating he would go on to pastor several churches in North Texas as well as Missouri.

While always a Kingdom minded pastor, Mike also has a served in coaching position for the Lewisville School District. It was there that the Lord gave him the vision for Hangtime Lunch, a nonprofit he founded, that connects mentors with at risk youth for lunch once a month. More recently, Mike wrote the book 52 Lies Every Parent Should Tell Their Kids, and is currently seeking to get it published.

Pastor Mike is all about discipleship empowered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus commissioned His disciples to “make disciples”, yet commanded us to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit before we embark on this task. (Luke 24:49 & Acts 1:4-8) You will often hear Mike ask, “Who is discipling you? Who are you discipling?” Since age 20, Mike has invested himself in making disciples who make disciples. At the core of discipleship are three essentials: Word, Worship, and Prayer. Teaching these three essentials is the heart of Mike’s ministry. For over two decades, Mike’s philosophy of ministry has been two-fold:  1) It’s not for us to edit the Word of God; it’s up to God’s Word to edit us. 2) You can’t catch a 21st Century fish with a 16th Century lure.

“We must be faithful to God’s Word and relevant within our 21st Century context.” -Pastor Mike

Pastor Mike’s Life Verse is Isaiah 49:14-16
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.