Chaplain Mike Stubbs
Emporia Pet Food
E: MikeStubbs@mchapusa.com C: 620.757.6131
What did you do before coming to Simmons?
My family and I served as Christian missionaries to Scandinavia and Southeast Asia for many years. Since 2003 we have served as pastors in the Emporia community.
When and why did you become a Chaplain?
I had been praying for a number of years about how to “pastor” our community and not just a church. Some chaplains had been talking to me for years about looking into chaplaincy. In 2016, I was approached by MarketPlace Chaplains USA. They wanted to know if I would be interested in serving as a chaplain in the Emporia area. Since that time I’ve been caring for the employees of various businesses. This gives me the opportunity to get to know my community better while providing pastoral care.
Where did you go to school?
Part of my formative years were in a private Catholic school in Europe. I returned to the U.S. and finished high school in Madison, KS. After attending a year at Emporia State University, I enrolled in Rhema Bible College in Oklahoma to major in Pastoral Studies. Since that time continuing education has been a constant part of my life and I enjoy reading to learn.
Where have you lived?
Although I was born in Tennessee, and lived my early childhood in Virginia, I grew up in Finland. Later, I returned to the United States to finish high school in Kansas. Because I moved so much, I was twenty years old when I graduated from high school and entered college. Since college we have lived in Emporia, Finland again, in Los Angeles, in Malaysia and finally in Emporia again.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read books about Christian spirituality and teaching. I also enjoy the outdoors and hiking is on the top of my list when traveling. Yardwork and gardening clears my mind and I love the challenge of remodeling my home which seems to be an unending task. I also cut firewood and like to kayak when the opportunity arises. I’m also a sucker for a good garaged sale or auction.
What are some of your favorite quotes?
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way." ~ Viktor Frankl
"Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'." ~ Viktor Frankl
"If the heart is right, everything else will work itself out." Me
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." ~ 1 John 5:13
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Romans 5:1
"You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library." ~ Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting
"If you work your faith, your faith will work." ~ Unknown
"If all else fails, try the obvious." ~ Grandma Stubbs
"With privilege comes responsibility." ~ Jannie Stubbs
Do you have any pets or raise any animals?
I have a 5 year old Lhasa Apso – Poodle mix named Charlie. He’s my bud.
If you could do anything for one day and money is not an issue, what would you do?
Eat my way from Houston, TX, to St. Augustine, FL with my wife or attend the Aspen Food and Wine Festival.
Who have been the most influential people in your life?
My father-in-law who taught me to love people.
My wife who taught me to allow myself to be loved by people.
My daughter who is the best of me and my wife.
My grandfather who never carried a grudge.
My father who taught me to do all I do with excellence.
My Uncle who taught me the value of hard work.