- Currently serving: Guatemala City, Guatemala
- Home church: Mechanicsburg (Pa.) BIC
- Serving since: 2006
- Married: 1985
- Children: Jenna, Caitlin, and Ben
Mike and Lori Cassel both grew up in the small town of Harleysville, Pa. Involved in local congregations and influenced by Christian parents, both decided to follow Jesus Christ at an early age.
Mike and Lori got to know each other while involved in a gospel singing group. Soon after they married in 1985, they became part of the core group that planted New Covenant BIC, Quakertown, Pa., where they served as worship leaders.
In 1999, Mike went on a short-term missions trip to Honduras to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Mitch. This experience impacted him deeply as he sensed a call to full-time missions.
The Cassel family moved to Pensacola, Fla., in 2001, where Michael attended Brownsville Revival School of Ministry, receiving his Associate of Arts ministry degree in missions. They went on to complete a church-planting internship at The Harbour Church in Florida, studied with Mission Training International in Colorado, and received language training in Texas.
Since June 2006, the Cassels have helped plant three congregations in Mexico: Monte Calvario in 2007, Iglesia Betel in 2010, and Iglesia Emanuel in 2014. Mike has helped coach pastors of these congregations, as well as some other church-planting pastors in Mexico.
Upon completing their third term December 2015, the Cassels ended their nearly 10-year ministry in Mexico. While on home ministry in 2015, they met regularly with BIC U.S World Missions leadership to discern their next assignment. Through counsel and prayer, Mike and Lori accepted an invitation to minister in Guatemala.
The Cassels envision their first six to 12 months in Guatemala improving language skills, becoming acclimated to the people and culture of the BIC Church in Guatemala, and spending time getting to know the pastors and their congregations. They plan to work with BIC Guatemala, helping them fulfill their vision and encouraging church-planting efforts there. Within their first term, Mike and Lori would like to plant a church.
Mike and Lori have three children and a son-in-law. Jenna, their oldest, is on staff with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) and works at the base in Denver, Colo. Kaitlin and her husband, Kevin, live in Dallas, Texas. Kaitlin works in administration for an oil and gas exploration and production company, and Kevin is a self-employed financial consultant. Benjamin graduated from homeschool May 2015 and is now living in Schwenksville, Pa., near family. He works as a commercial electrician for Swartley Brothers Engineers.