Serves as Core Issues Trust Director and has responsibility for the daily running and development of a small, dynamic organisation. He trained for the Pastoral Ministry (BTh) and was ordained in 1984 in the Church of the Nazarene. While serving in a bi-vocational context, Mike worked as a missionary teacher in South Africa, teaching English as a Second Language and Biblical Studies. He completed his postgraduate studies (BEd, UED, PhD) at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape of South Africa where he also led the university's Academic Development Programme in East London.
With his family he emigrated to the UK in 1999. He served as course leader for a professional teaching development programme at the University of Nottingham for five years, in a senior lecturer's position. Following this he was appointed as an advisor and manager at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, where he worked for eleven years. He developed programmes for professional development of doctoral students across all six of the university's faculties. He also briefly served in a senior lecturer's role at the University of Surry, also in academic development.
He currently serves as a Board Member of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI) and is involved in the development of the International Federation for Therapeutic Choice (IFTC). In addition, Mike serves as a board member of LinC (Live in Christ), a group of European Ministries working to support those with unwanted same-sex attractions.
Despite being expelled form the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy in 2014, following his unwillingness to subscribe to the organisation's ban on therapeutic support to reduce or end homosexual behaviours where possible, Mike continues to support growing numbers of clients. Usually these are those working to leave homosexual practices who are unwilling to undergo Gay Affirmation Therapy (GAT) and wish to explore the possibilities of Change Oriented Therapy (COT).
Mike actively campaigns for the rights and freedoms of those with unwanted same-sex attractions who wish to access professional help to resolve their conflicts. He is a member of a local evangelical church with his wife Lynore. Their marriage has been blessed with two children.
Andrea Minichiello Williams