Pastor Mike Leichner is the founding pastor of the Ark. His ministry spans multiple areas over many years. These include nine years of full-time travel and evangelism, statewide camp-meetings and revivals, music ministry with 13 recordings and is a published author. He started the Ark church in 1988. Pastor Mike has ministered on the 700 Club, TBN Praise the Lord, Christian cable TV, multi-state radio stations and hosted the daily radio broadcast ‘Fresh Fire’. He is a United States Marine, a strong patriot with a love for his country. This is reflected in his message and his music ministry. He has been recently honored to have a song nominated as Song of the Year, his recording ‘Country Side of Me’ nominated as album of the year, a song reach #1 on Country Gospel charts and another that has climbed into the top 10 of national charts. He is foremost a preacher of the Gospel for today’s generation, and a passionate communicator of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sister Dee Leichner has served alongside her husband in ministry. She is a Bible teacher with a passion for prayer, a published author of books and study material, director of Fire in the Plains Bible Institute for in-house study and credentialing and a speaker at Women’s Conferences. She is an ordained Elder, holds an Exhorter’s license through FPBI and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from Indiana Christian University. Pastor & Sis Dee have the distinct privilege of working with their son Pastor Devin & wife Jenny and daughter Desiree & husband John in ministry at the Ark. They also enjoy the blessing of grandchildren!