Dr. Mike Marshall was born in Mt. Morris, Illinois; a small town northwest of Chicago. I was originally the oldest of three boys, but after the death of my parents and my step-mother remarrying in 2006, I am now technically one of 15 children…. YIKES!!!
Most of my family lives in northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin. I think they see me as “rather confused” and living a long way from home – but they also know how thrilled I am to be in Fort Worth. I attended Centenary College in Shreveport (along with Tim & Susan Bruster, Charles Gaby, and years later Taylor Davis). I graduated in 1979 with a degree in Christian Education. In 1984 I graduated from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver with a Master of Divinity degree. My academic “career” ended in 1996, when I received a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. From 1984-1996, I served four United Methodist churches in the suburbs of Chicago. My family moved to Fort Worth in January of 1997.
I served First Methodist of Fort Worth for 8 ½ years and then served First Methodist of Burleson for three years. My unexpected opportunity to come back to Fort Worth in October of 2008 is the biggest blessing of my vocational life, and something I will never take for granted! My wife Jan and I have blended together a family of three children and two grandchildren. Adam Wood is married to Jami, and they have two wonderful children…. Aaron is 2 ½ and Miss Micah was born on July 2. They have just moved to Madison, WI. Katie Marshall graduated from Texas A&M in 2008. She taught in Crowley ISD for five years, and is now pursuing a master’s degree in speech pathology at UNT in Denton. Ben Marshall graduated from Burleson High School in 2011 and is now a “Very Happy Aggie” who followed his sister to Texas A&M and is in the Mays School of Business. Jan is familiar to many people in our church as a singer in Choral Union and Adoramus. She grew up in Van Alstyne and has family members there, as well as the Plano/Allen area. As for me…. I wake up every day with the happy awareness that God has blessed me beyond imagination, and is still working on me to be a blessing for others!