Pastor Mike Auen - I was born and raised in Brentwood, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning an Associates Degree from Penn Technical Institute, I migrated
to Waynesboro, Virginia in April of 1973. There I landed a technician job with the General Electric Company at the age of
19. I continued to work with GE/Genicom for 29 years till the Lord called me into full time ministry in 2002.
I wasn't saved in a church. I was saved at work at a lunch Bible study. I was 40 years old. I was led to the
Lord through the witnessing of a coworker. That's when my life changed. I then began
reading and studying my Bible with a relentless passion to know the truth.
My theological beliefs are very conservative. There is not one liberal bone in my body. I listen to, study, and
preach with a slant towards reformed theology. Some may think that makes my preaching old, boring, and out-of-date. I prefer to think of it as sound, relevant,
and Biblical. I refuse to hop on the bus of the new and improved way to do Christianity. If that is what you are looking for in a church, you have the wrong church and
you have the wrong pastor. I do not need anything new and I preach nothing new. Everything I need for sound doctrine I have right here in my Bible. It has worked for
centuries and it will work today. Therefore I preach a God-centered theology. It's not about what we are or what we can get. It's about who He is and what we can give.
Understanding God must be central to the Christian faith.
I do not concern myself with the number of people attending Beech Grove Church. Jesus says in MATTHEW 16:18 that He will build the church on the rock of the gospel
message. Therefore my concern must be with the truth of the theology that I preach and teach. I have come to the understanding that my human wisdom and cleverness of
marketing the gospel to increase church growth will never work. So I will continue to work on the depth of truths I preach and Jesus will continue to take care of the
breadth of the people who show up.
My wife Gail and I have been married since 1976. We have 2 children. Our son Corey
and his wife Charlotte live in Staunton, Virginia. Corey is the pastor of Wintergreen Christian Church in Nellysford, Virginia. Our daughter Carrie and her husband Kevin live in Lynchburg, Virginia.
I am a bivocational pastor. I also work 40 hrs/wk at McClung Companies in Waynesboro, VA, in their
Fulfillment Department. I am a big fan of Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey. I
love (but do not own) cars from the 50s and 60s.
My ministry at Beech Grove Christian Church would not be possible without the
influence of some good people on my journey. My wife Gail - for asking me to go to church when I was not a
church-going man. Jim Driscoll - for sharing the gospel with me at a Bible study.
He was there when my eyes were opened to the truth. John
MacArthur - without his CDs and MP3s I would be Biblically incompetent. My son Corey - my trusted sounding board for great direction to all my deep theological
questions. My Congregation at BGCC - they love me and I love them.
I strive to do one thing - to bring the truth of God's Word to my people each
and every Sunday. Why? Because the truth matters.
Michael M. Auen — Pastor of Beech Grove Christian Church