Michael Wilder

Michael serves as Lead Pastor at First Southern where he focuses on preaching and leadership development. He is excited about raising up a generation of leaders who will raise up another generation of leaders and teachers in the church. Michael's educational background includes a BBA in Management and Finance, a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Michael is married to Ginger and they have three teenage daughters. 

Favorite Movie or Book: This one is left over from my childhood: Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Favorite Drink: My all-time favorite drink would have to be Coca-Cola as I grew up in Atlanta; but my current favorite drink is a blueberry flavored rooibos tea.

Favorite Christmas Gift Ever: Besides, of course, the early Christmas gift of the birth of our eldest daughter, I would have to say the race track that had loopty-loops when I was five years old--incredible morning! 

What else you should know: I have always enjoyed good coffee. What I think is good coffee has changed over the years and I have begun roasting coffee at home. I am doing my best to "train up" (brainwash) my daughters in this good way as well. We are having fun with it except when we over roast a batch and set off the fire alarms.