A Bio from Mike Byars
Mike grew up playing football, basketball, and baseball for Batesburg-Leesville High School and Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, also earning B.A. degrees in Religion and Business Economics. After college, Mike began a long career in sales, including 21 years as an insurance commercial lines producer. Through the years, he has served in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as a youth pastor and as a volunteer with his church’s youth group and men’s ministry, as well as Christmas in Action. Mike has three children, Zach, Hannah and Ethan, whom he cherishes. He enjoys dogs, being outdoors, hiking, movies, and attending live sports events and concerts.
During 2016-18, Mike’s life took drastic turn. He became depressed, angry, and filled with grief. He turned to alcohol, and it took over his life like a locust swarm until everything was consumed. After coming to Providence Home during the summer of 2019, Mike began to gradually feel whole again through Christ and the love of the staff and residents. He repented, and God began doing for him what He did for the nation of Judah in Joel 2:25 when He said, “I will restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten.” First God began restoring Mike to Himself, and since then has been gradually bringing restoration and blessing into a once broken life. God has put Mike back together and even placed a call on his heart to serve in ministry.
Now, as Program Director, he wants to give back and serve the men who come the Providence Home by using his own experiences to point them to Christ. He wants to show them that through Him, freedom from addiction is possible, restoration is possible, a better way of living is possible….all things are possible. They are “more than conquerors through Christ who loved them.”
Favorite Bible Verses: Romans 8:37, Joel 2:25 and 1Thessolonians 5: 16-22