Dr. Mike Rakes


Dr. Mike Rakes, Evangel University’s fifth president, is an experienced educator and dedicated minister of God’s truth to students. Driven by the Holy Spirit, Dr. Rakes is passionate about guiding Christians to get on board with the ways God is moving in their communities. With a depth of knowledge in higher education, long-range strategic planning, and community engagement, Dr. Rakes is an effective leader committed to the work of raising up future generations of Christ followers.

Dr. Mike Rakes’ Publications

About Mike

Mike Rakes is a pastor, educator, prophet, and author, who—along with his wife, Darla—serves the body of Christ and has a passion to share the love of God with everyone. Mike has a heart for communicating to American culture about a God in which so many have lost faith. He believes in making theology practical and understandable for every person. For years, Mike delivers prophetic words to people everywhere he goes. He believes that once a person experiences the love of God and hears what God really thinks about them, it changes everything. Both he and Darla have dedicated their lives to listen to the voice of God and follow wherever He leads.


The latest posts from Dr. Mike Rakes

10 Invisible Skills EU Graduates Bring to Employers

Biblical worldview – the ability to see every person as valuable and operate with an ethos of compassion.Spiritual intelligence – an ability to engage others with civility and model Christian virtues in an often-divided world.Innovative...

read more

The Past is Another Country

The past is another country they do things differently there, someone said. "By the rivers of Babylon," the poet begins, "There we sat down, and there we wept when we remembered Zion." Psalm 137:1 begins to expose the grief and loss of all they had...

read more

Socialism is not your biggest threat, Pride is!

It's more important than ever to follow in the way of Jesus. The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts were written by a Gentile, not a Jew, who was not one of the disciples we read about in the Scriptures. Luke's unique perspective connects us to...

read more

A Poem for Wit

The Empty Chair The chair sat empty no voice heard,  Only silence from the corner,  With no sound from God’s song bird.    A broken heart, oh the deepness of this loss,  The mind squeezes the silence where life, Song, and...

read more