Born and raised in New England, I spent my early adult years working as a furniture helper on a coast-to-coast moving truck.  Eventually, I bought my own truck and trailer and began a career in the van line business.  

In 1988, I met the love of my life, Peggy; and we were married in 1989.  We lived a life of travel and good times; but as I look back, one thing was missing…Jesus.

In 2002, for some unknown reason, we sold our business.  I fully intended to build a new truck and get back on the road; but every time I started building the truck, something happened and I would have to go back to square one.  

Then in May 2003, Peggy was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer.  The prognosis was not good, and I felt lost.  It was at that time that God was beginning to work on me.

Someone invited me to church; and as I continued attending church, I felt a peace that I just could not explain.  Consequently, on August 10, 2003, I gave my life to Christ.  Since then, I have heard the Lord speak to me twice.  August 10th was the first time.  As I was praying, I heard “She will be fine.  Just believe in Me.”  God’s words are true and just.  Peggy is still cancer free!

In 2006, I began my ministry at Joshua Springs.  I graduated Bible College with a Bachelor of Theology degree in 2011, and I can truly say God has blessed me more than I deserve.  Through my ministry, I have been able to travel around the world on missions trips and spread the word of God.  All of my experiences to date have made my relationship with my wife much stronger than it’s ever been.

I believe God has me in the position of Dean of Students to guide and foster the students during their endeavors.  Utilizing the experience I have gained from running my own business and holding the positions of Community Relations Minister, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Chaplain, Joshua Springs Transportation Director, and Men’s Ministry Leader, I continually impart wisdom into the students in an effort to help them make wise, fact-based decisions upon which to build a promising, Godly future.  

So when you arrive on campus, be sure to stop by my office so we can discuss how I can best assist you and guide you towards the future God has in store for you.

God Bless,

Mike “Grumpy” Kelliher, Dean Of Students