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The Picture Behind My Desk

You might remember him as Super Mike ... the families at Prestonwood Schools know him as Superintendent. Mike Goddard shares how his days at T Bar M were used to shape him as he continues to run fast after Christ in the field of Education.

"After serving as a Coach and in Leadership in college at Camp, my dreams of playing in the NFL didn’t pan out, so the day that Jaw-Knee-Poke and Randy Sims called me to work at T Bar M as the Men's Director at Sports Camp, they did so in a way that wasted no fun. They “drafted” me, T Bar M style around the same time the NFL draft. That decision changed my life forever. I fell in love with a Christ-centered impact, never wasting fun, and the joy of seeing others impact kids' lives for Christ. After my time at T Bar M, I worked in Dallas for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In that role, I saw Christ make a Kingdom Impact happen on 85 junior high, high school, and college campuses and was the chaplain for area professional sports teams. God then led me to teaching at 30, where I walked into a classroom, and I felt like I had met the most significant opportunity for missions I’ve ever seen. It’s been over 25 years, and I’ve seen lives change in many ways for the better.

I’m thankful God planted that seed when I was a college kid with 13 to 14 Campers each as I served as a Coach in Winchester Cabin. That’s the time in my life that God laid on my heart to do what I do today.

I’ve since had the chance to be named CEO of the year, superintendent of the year, and every accolade that the world would say shows success, but my most tremendous success remains in the picture that I have behind my desk, and those guys from the Winchester cabin way back when.  That’s what makes me want to serve. That’s what makes me want to make a difference. That’s what gets me up every day. That’s what helps me work through the hard times and the good times as I celebrate. It’s what Christ can do through me and in me when we give Him everything."


In God's unique and FUANGNEM ways ... the story continues. Mike's son (Brock Goddard) attended Camp, worked as a Coach and leader at camp, and … married a girl (Brooke Tomlin) who attended Camp and worked at Camp (her dad, JD Tomlin, and Mike also worked together at Camp in college). And now they have a future T Bar M Camper in their new granddaughter, Olivia. 

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