Mansfield ISD Magazine Spring 2016 - Page 18

Board Member Profile: Dr. Michael Evans worked for UPS and was promoted to an air ramp frontline loading supervisor. Dr. Michael Evans has served on the MISD School Board since 2007. What schools did you attend? I attended James Madison Senior High in Houston, Texas; The University of Texas at Arlington; Texas Christian University (Brite Divinity School); Southern Methodist University (Perkins Theological Seminary); Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and Baylor University (Truett Theological Seminary). What would be a perfect afternoon for you? My perfect afternoon would be sitting on a porch in a rocking chair looking out on the lake feeling a spring breeze upon my face. I accepted my call into ministry during that time in 1988 and began serving as the youth minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas. I became the senior pastor in 1991. I was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy as a Reserve Chaplain, but also served as an educator as a long-term substitute teacher in Fort Worth ISD, part-time counselor for Tarrant County Junior College (TCC), full-time college-bound counselor, and a coordinator for G.E.D. and E.S.L. programs. I later began full-time service with the Baptist General Convention of Texas as the Director of African-American Ministries, serving over 650 churches statewide from 2001-2006. I have served on missions in Nigeria, Spain, Japan, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. What makes you so passionate about MISD? I know that education gives every child a fighting chance of becoming an asset to society. Education is the great equalizer, and it is a person’s ticket out of poverty and social depravity. I want to be that person who contributes to the success of the coming generations. Those children hold the future of our planet in their hands. Who was your role model as a kid? My role model is my grandfather, Albert Evans. He was a faithful church-going man who walked the walk. He was married to my grandmother for 56 years and worshipped the ground she walked on. He worked at one job for 54 years, raised six boys, and fed every kid in the neighborhood who was hungry. He also loved each of his grandchildren and made all of us feel as if we were the most special people in the world. Give us a brief bio of your career. After graduating from high school, I moved to Fort Worth and became a student at UT-Arlington and studied Political Science - Pre-Law. In the summer of 1985, I became a teacher’s aide serving “emotionally disturbed children”. The next year, I 16 Mansfield School & Family Dr. Evans has been married to Lisa, his high school sweetheart, for more than 29 years.