Mike Sherrill, executive director and CEO for Mennonite Mission Network, stands with a dynamic team of dedicated and energetic staff in active pursuit of God's calling on this agency – that every congregation and all parts of the church be fully engaged in God's mission across the street, all through the marketplaces, and around the world.
Born in Pennsylvania, Mike enjoyed exploring in the woods and building things from raw materials. Raised in the Catholic and Mennonite traditions, he was baptized at age 11. Some of his fondest memories are at Camp Men O Lan. He was active in campus ministry to international students while attending Penn State University. After graduating, he was a bivocational Christian worker in Japan from 1991-1994 where he met Teresa, his wife.
Mike attended Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary from 1994-1997 earning an MDiv. The Sherrills then moved to Pasadena, California, where he earned a ThM at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1998 writing on the Mennonites in Kyushu. Mike and Teresa attended Pasadena Mennonite Church and were ordained together in 1999 by Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference. From 1998-2002, under the mentorship of Dr. Wilbert Shenk, Mike earned a PhD also from Fuller with a dissertation on church vitality in Japan earning Fuller's Donald McGavran Award for his seminal missiological research. The Sherrills are firm believers in God's sense of humor because within weeks of completing each graduate program, a baby came along with it!
Mike and Teresa returned to Japan in 2000 with Commission on Overseas Mission, a predecessor agency of Mennonite Mission Network, to conduct field research and to work with Anabaptist churches in Tokyo. From 2002-2008, they served the Hokkaido Conference of Mennonite Churches in education and youth ministry. Mike then received the call to be a professor and chaplain at Aoyama Gakuin University in central Tokyo where he served from 2008-2017. At the completion of his tenure, Mike was serving as a member of the university board and chair of Religious Affairs responsible for campus ministry, service learning, and facilitating collaboration with Christian universities and agencies across Asia.
Mike returned to the United States in 2017 to accept the position of director for Asia and Middle East with Mennonite Mission Network, providing leadership for collaborative planning, direction, and strategies for ministries in the region, supervising workers, and nurturing partnerships. He takes great joy and encouragement working with the inspiring staff across the agency.
After nearly three decades of engagement in global ministry, higher education, and mission administration, Mike was called by the Mennonite Mission Network board of directors and approved by the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board to serve as executive director and CEO of Mennonite Mission Network from August 2020.
Mike and Teresa (Thompson) live in Goshen, Indiana, where they are members of East Goshen Mennonite Church. They have three adult children, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Sophia.