Mike Cavanaugh currently serves as President of Elim Bible Institute and as Vice-President of Elim Fellowship, an association of 900 pastors, ministers and missionaries. His ministry experience includes founding and serving 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Elim Gospel Church, a dynamic congregation of nearly 1,000 in Lima, NY. He currently supports the church as a teaching pastor. He is the founder of both Mobilized to Serve, a ministry to single adults, and BASIC, a local church-based ministry to college students. He is the author of The Power and Purpose of Singleness and has taught evangelism and preaching here at EBI, of which he is a graduate. He is also a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College (BS) and Bakke Graduate University (MTS).

A motivating speaker known for his clarity, humor, and use of illustration, Mike has traveled extensively in the U.S. and overseas. Due to his broad leadership experience and heart to equip church leaders, Mike finds himself invited often to speak at pastors’ and leadership events.

He and his wife, Terri, reside in Lima, NY, and have three adult children and five grandchildren.



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