He’s Chinese, he’s a Scouser and he likes a laugh – meet Mike Faun, the minister at King’s Church.
Mike aims to make the Christian faith relevant and exciting. "A lot of people think Christianity is boring," he says. "I love the fact that it does not have to be like that, that you can have a laugh and still be a Christian pastor."Mike’s own story, particularly a traumatic childhood, have enabled him to connect to others and be a "people person". At the age of just six weeks old, his parents gave him up to be fostered by an English lady in Liverpool, where they lived. "My foster parent became a Christian," he recalls, "and dragged me along to church. I was only nine but I realised, although I hadn’t had a father’s love, that God loved me and that is when I asked Jesus into my life. "Things then took a turn for the worse. Mike’s parents wanted him back – after his foster parent had become like a mother to him. A bitter battle ensued, including a Crown Court hearing where a judge – despite asking Mike what he wanted – sent him back to his parents against his will. A painful adjustment lasting years followed, including Mike running away and rebelling as a teenager.
Eventually he calmed down, met his wife Jen and worked his way up to a well-paid job as a national manager for a training company who delivered work-based qualifications but then he felt a call in 2002 to become a minister.
After spells at Inglewhite Congregational Church and a church in Horwich, Mike joined King’s Church in September 2013. He adds: "People have been so warm and welcoming – we are a friendly church and welcome people of all ages, from our creche upwards!"
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