Mike Stewart was born in Warren Ohio March 31, 1950 but moved to Deming New Mexico when he was around 4 years old where he lived until graduating from high school in 1968. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1968 and served as a Hospital Corpsman for 30 years serving in Viet Nam with the Marines, aboard three different submarines, surface ships and retired as the Force Master Chief of the Medical Department in 1998. He began riding motorcycles while in high school and the love and passion for motorcycling has never left him. He has been involved in Christian motorcycle ministry since 1999. He was the original Director of the Hibernia Baptist chapter in Fleming Island FL, was named as the State Coordinator for Florida, then became the Assistant National Director in 2013 and in April of 2016 was named as the National Director. Mike is married to Diane, has three daughters who are all married to wonderful men and has 10 grandchildren.
Assistant National Director
Senior Pastor of Peniel Baptist Church Palatka, Florida since January of 2003
Originally from Sylacauga, Alabama.
Married to Cara since June 13, 1980.
We have one son Andrew who is married to Dana and they have two daughters and live in Ft. Payne, Alabama
We have one daughter who is married to Ryan Emery and they have three daughters and they live in Bunnell, Florida.
I have served churches in Texas, Alabama and Florida since December 1978.
I met Buddy and Michelle Newsome in Jacksonville, FL in November 2004 at the Florida
Baptist State Convention.
Peniel Baptist Church and Academy was Commissioned on September 17, 2005
Peniel Baptist is the church where Rev. Billy Graham was baptized in 1938 and was ordained in 1939.
I was born in 1965 in Santa Barbara, CA. I married my wife, Sherry, in 1988 in LaFayette, AL. We have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. I surrendered my life to Christ in 1990 and was called into the ministry the same year. I began pastoring in 1994 and am currently in my third pastorate at Cottonton Baptist Church in Cottonton, AL. I have been a part of FAITH Riders since 2011 and have been a part of starting chapters in my last two churches. I am enjoying serving as the FAITH Riders National Chaplain and look forward to helping disciple others to evangelize the lost through this ministry.
National Road Captain
Rob Pochek was born in Southern Illinois in 1970 to parents who both rode motorcycles. In fact, his mother rode her own bike during her pregnancy, so, technically, he was riding before he was born! His first official motorcycle was a Honda Trail 70. While in college he met and married Susan. They were married in 1989, and they have two adult children. In 2005, he began riding street bikes. As of March 2020, he has ridden over 165,000 miles on the road and has made three cross country trips. In April of 2018, he completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s RiderCoach Training. He currently coaches at the Motorcycle Safety Center of Virginia. He currently rides a 2016 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited and a 2016 Yamaha FJR1300A.
In addition to his motorcycle pursuits, Rob has served as the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Charlottesville since April 2016. Before that, he served churches in North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri. He has a M.Div. and a Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
National Merchandise Coordinator
Debbie McDonald was born in Macon, Georgia, Aug 22, 1959, and grew up in the small town of Reynolds, Georgia. She lived there until she married Johnny McDonald in 1977, and they moved to Cochran, Georgia. She has one daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. Johnny and Debbie moved to Tennessee in 2014 to be closer to their grandchildren.
Debbie began a long career at Robins Air Force Base in 1977 and retired in 2012 with 35+ years of civilian service. She has a master’s degree in Information Systems and has long been interested in computers, technology, and photography. She began working with the quilt ministry (Peace*Love*Quilt) at The Glade Church in 2015 and now enjoys quilting for the ministry and family.
Debbie and Johnny both rode motorcycles during their younger years and bought small bikes in 2008 to take on camping trips. That sparked a more serious interest in motorcycles, and they both soon moved up to larger bikes. They went to Rally to Ridgecrest for several years in search of Christian motorcycle activities and that’s where they first became aware of the F.A.I.T.H. Riders Motorcycle Ministries. They were active in the Friendship Baptist Church, Warner Robins, GA, chapter until they moved to Tennessee, where they are now active in The Glade Church chapter in Mt Juliet, TN.
Debbie became the National Merchandise Director in May 2014 and began managing the merchandise store virtually from her home in Tennessee. Last spring, the inventory was also moved to Tennessee, and now she manages all store functions from Murfreesboro, TN
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