Mike Popenhagen is the lead pastor of Radiant Church and is passionate about helping people become followers of Jesus, live in freedom and discover their God-given purpose in life. He and his wife, Jennifer are committed to helping others experience the life God has for them.
Michael worked for Eaton Corporation in Marshall, Michigan from 1994 to 2001. While working as a machinist he helped develop a chaplain program with the UAW Local 220, understanding people’s spiritual life has a profound impact on an individual and their workplace.
In addition to being a chaplain Michael, along with Jennifer, served as volunteers for the plant of Radiant Church in Richland, Michigan for two years. As the church grew, in 1998 they brought him on part time as their worship leader. In 2002 Michael was hired full time as the Creative Arts Pastor where he had the opportunity, under the leadership of Pastor Lee Cummings, to help launch a growing, life-giving church, give creative expression to the goodness of God through the arts as a seasoned songwriter and musician and learn the values of leading a successful church.
Michael and Jennifer have fallen in love with the city of Jackson and are excited to be a part of what God is doing in the area. They moved to Jackson with their three sons Michael, Curtis and Joseph in the summer of 2013.