My name is Mike and I am a friend of imperfectionists and second chancers. For the past 15 years I have focused my work on helping people flourish by helping them be passionate about their not-so-perfect stories. 

I am the founder and Chief Chance Officer at People of the Second Chance. We are a non-profit organization guided by this lofty ideal: that every person on earth gets a second chance if they want one. We build tools and create experiences to amplify hope in people's lives.  

Over 200,000 people have purchased my workbooks and thousands of groups have been created as people found hope, purpose and God's radical grace in my "Freeway" and "Wonderlife" curriculum. 


In 2015 I created the Rescue Lab 2-day workshop and Rescue Academy E-course. These workshops and online courses train people how to effectively counseling friends, family and those you influence.   

I speak and write on topics of identity, shame and how to turn our hurts and hang-ups into an unfair advantage. 

In 2016, I released my book "People of the Second Chance" (Waterbrook Publishing) where I share my own not-so-perfect story of permanently disfiguring an innocent man, hiding my own childhood sexual abuse and my ongoing struggle with shame. In the book I unpack the lessons of what it means to embrace a new identity and step into God's beautiful possibilities for life. 

My work has been featured on Good Morning America, Fox News and in the New York Times. Believe it or not, I've also appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart which was quite a funny experience.  


I have been married to my wife Jennifer for 21 years and have 2 teenage children. My family and I live in San Diego, CA and own a fluffy Pomeranian. 



For inquiries about my resources, workshops or for speaking engagements please use the form below.

Note: Unfortunately, I am not able to do counseling or respond to any life crisis situation through email. 

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