Founding Pastor of Covenant Church and renowned author, has been a significant figure in ministry since 1970. He is best known for his book, When God is First, which has sold over one million copies in eight languages. Mike has been recognized for his impactful work on racial reconciliation, immigration, and Middle Eastern-Israeli peace agreements as a Faith Advisor for the White House.
In his latest book, Real Happy: Jesus’ Surprising Path to Genuine Joy, he reflects on the universal quest to understand genuine happiness, a subject he holds close to his heart. Currently, Mike resides in Texas with his wife Kathy. Off the page, he finds joy in spending time with family, good music from Bocelli to Haggard, and restoring classic cars.
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Dr. Garner is a California native and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary graduate. Dr. Garner pastors in downtown San Francisco, where he is actively involved in serving his neighborhood. He lectured at Western Seminary for twelve years and served as an undergrad and adjunct professor at other seminaries. As a pastor and spiritual director, he has written over a thousand sermons, devotional guides, and curated several spiritual journeys, including on-site retreats in places like Patmos, Greece.
Jeffrey uses his expertise in Johannine literature, Christian mysticism, and urban issues to draw seekers and learners into the Belovedness of God.
In his co-authored book, Real Happy: Jesus’ Surprising Path to Genuine Joy, Jeffrey along with Mike Hayes re-frame the Beatitudes as Happy Oracles and optimize Jesus’ debut message on happiness for a 21st century audience.
In his personal life, Jeffrey is a devoted husband and father of two adult children. He loves listening to jazz while cooking dinner, watching the fog spill over the Marin Headlands, hiking the Sierras, and reading Mary Oliver.
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