Michael D. Creswell is senior consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. His work is to let the Convention's 4,300 congregations know about the great things being accomplished for God’s Kingdom as North Carolina Baptist churches contribute through the Cooperative Program and the North Carolina Missions Offering. He is in charge of producing materials on these two key funding systems of North Carolina Baptists. His office is a contact point for the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions and the Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions, which are promoted by Woman’s Missionary Union. He also works with churches seeking affiliation with the state convention.
Mike joined the Convention staff in September 2004. Before that he and his wife, Christie, were Southern Baptist missionaries for 16 years. Mike was one of the International Mission Board’s (IMB) correspondents who reported on Baptist work across Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. He wrote articles and provided photos from this area and many other places, from China to India to southern Africa.
Before moving to North Carolina they served six years in England and before that, 10 years in Belgium. Earlier Mike served eight years as associate editor of The Commission, the IMB’s missions magazine, from the IMB's home office in Richmond, Va., and during that time traveled around the world to produce articles and photos for the magazine. His reporting on missions has taken him to around 100 countries over the years, most recently assignments in the Philippines and Moldova. In November 2012 he reported on the tremendous response of North Carolina Baptist Men (and women!) volunteers to Hurricane Sandy across New Jersey.
He has written articles about home missions in the United States and for Baptists in North Carolina. His articles appear in the Biblical Recorder.
Before serving with the IMB, Mike served six years in public relations on staff with the South Carolina Baptist Convention in Columbia, S.C.
He is a native of South Carolina. He earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and also graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.
He and his wife, Christie, have two grown daughters. One daughter is married and lives in South Carolina; the other serves in New York City with the North American Mission Board, where she helps with planting new churches.