Rev. Dr. Michael “Mike” D. Castle is Senior Pastor of Harmony Creek Church. In 1997, Mike was the founding and organizing pastor of Cross Creek Community Church, UCC, which merged with Oak Creek United Church of Christ in 2012 to form Harmony Creek Church.
Before that, Mike served as a youth pastor, associate pastor and started two churches for Southern Baptists. Since coming into the United Church of Christ in 1996, Mike has served in various capacities in both the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Association and Ohio Conference, and the national setting of the church, particularly in the area of church development. He has also been very active in the Alliance of Baptists, serving on its board. Mike has also been very involved in the leadership of Equality Ohio and in the Centerville-Washington Township Diversity Council.
Mike received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL in 1985. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in 1991 (when it was still a seminary of high educational repute). He earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Eden Theological Seminary in 2001 with a focus on the historical Jesus and progressive Christianity. Mike has two fine little boys, Gideon and Adin.