Mike Blacksher was born in Springfield, Missouri. He graduated from Logan-Rogersville High School in 1978. Shortly after graduating, Mike attended College of the Ozarks at Point Lookout, Missouri near Branson, where he graduated with a BS in Agribusiness in 1982. While attending college, Mike answered God’s calling to pastoral ministry. During the last two years at college he served a Presbyterian church near Harrison, Arkansas.
For the next two years Mike lived and farmed just east of Springfield in rural Christian County. During that time he also pastored several small General Baptist churches in rural Taney County.
In 1984, Mike moved to Kansas City to attend Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1987. Also in 1984 Mike and Julie were married. They have three grown children-Sarah, David and Jon.
From 1984 through 1990, Mike and Julie lived in Kansas City, Kansas, and served Riverview General Baptist Church. In 1990, Mike returned to his mother’s spiritual roots and accepted Bishop Handy’s appointment to a three-point charge: Rich Hill, Happy Hill, and Peru United Methodist churches. During the years in Bates County he attended Saint Paul Theological Seminary and graduated in 1994, with a Masters of Divinity degree.
In 1995, Bishop Shearer appointed Mike and family to the Drexel United Methodist Church in Drexel, Missouri. Those were full years as the children were growing and keeping their parents very busy.
In 2001, Mike, Julie and family moved to Springfield as Bishop Shearer appointed them to Asbury United Methodist church. These years have been very rewarding with the church continuing to grow, finishing of phase two of a building plan, the children growing into adults, and Julie graduating from Evangel University.
In 2014 Bishop Schanse appointed Mike to Pathways United Methodist Church in Springfield. Mike and Julie are enjoying being under a new appointment. They are looking forward to what God has in store for them at Pathways, as well as exploring their passion for God’s leading them to serve in the Middle East.
Mike has been involved with several conference and district committees and teams. Currently his primary service is on the United Methodist Manor Board. This Board serves a Lifetime Care facility in Marionville, Missouri. Along with United Methodist work, Mike is also involved with community committees and various service organizations.