Mike is generationally from the Washington D.C. area, being a native is rare nowadays. He was born in N.W. Washington D.C. and has lived in Alexandria, Herndon, Sterling, Great Falls, Leesburg, and Capitol Hill in South East D.C. Mike holds a B.S. degree in Youth Ministries and a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty University.
God has uniquely moved Mike around over the years to do many different things. He started out as a youth pastor for Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA, then moved to Washington D.C. to serve as an administrative pastor at Christ our Shepherd Church on Capitol Hill. During his time in Washington D.C. he was able to pioneer an umbrella non-profit ministry called The Care Company, which exists today. Mike has served as a camp director at Head Waters Lodge in Highland County and eventually became the Director of Youth Development, Inc. of Virginia while being the Dean of Students for Calvary Chapel University. Mike has been a business owner and just recently (November 2016) has self-published a book on discipleship called Discipleship for Life. In May of 2017 God clearly led Mike and his family to accept the lead pastor role at Crossroads Church in Bealeton, VA (Calvary Chapel Warrenton). The Skillman’s moved to Culpeper in July of 2017.
Mike has been married to Sheila for 22 years. If you have ever hung out with, Mike and gotten to know him, then you will probably soon find out that he counts the days of his marriage. He likes to quote Psalm 46:10, which says, “Teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain a heart of wisdom.” Mike and Sheila have five wonderful children: Sam, Aubrey, Emily Kate, Alisa, and Sophie.