Mike, has been an ordained minister since 2004, and is co-founder of the Freien Christengemeinde Bregenz. Mike was born in the US state of Michigan, but grew up in Saarbrücken, Germany. While studying theology in the United States, Mike met his wife Laura. Later he earned a Ph.D. in Humanitarian Diplomacy from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
After their wedding in 2002, Mike und Laura first worked several years with James River Church in Springfield, Missouri, where they led the college ministry. In the last 16 years, the Clarks have been involved in humanitarian aid and development work and served in over 70 wars and disasters. They started a school feeding program that now provides over 250,000 children with access to warm meals and education. In addition to his role as Pastor, Mike continues to work as subject matter expert and university lecturer in humanitarian diplomacy and disaster response. Mike and Laura have one daughter, Ella, and live in Lindau near Lake Constance.