Pastor Mike Wissink has been working in campus ministry at Ferris State University since 1994.
In 2001, he began a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter on the Ferris State campus specifically targeting the varsity athletic programs. The head coaches of the Bulldog men's and women's basketball, football, women's soccer, and women's volleyball have extended him the invitation to work as a Team Chaplain within their programs.
For his work, Pastor Wissink was acknowledged by the Ferris State University Athletics Department as the 2006-07 recipient of the "Pete Peterson Pride Award" for his volunteer efforts within these athletics programs.
In 2005, Wissink helped organize and travel with a group of 23 Ferris students and FCA members, which included several FSU student-athletes, on a spring break trip to Engelhard, N.C., where they helped construct and build a 60-x-80 foot church addition in an area devastated by Hurricane Isabelle.
Wissink's also been involved with a number of other community activities and local organizations which have provided support to Bulldog Athletics thru his church involvement over the years.
"Pastor Mike's been involved in our program since I've been at Ferris and has always been so supportive," said FSU men's basketball head coach Bill Sall. "He's a tremendous inspiration for our student-athletes in the way he leads his life and has been someone they can turn to in times of need.
"Without question, he's been a tremendous ambassador for Bulldog Athletics and has done an outstanding job of helping our athletes in their daily walk," Sall added.
Former FSU Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic also echoed those sentiments.
"In the educational setting in which we work, it takes many people working together to teach the life-lessons that are so important in the development of our student athletes," he said. "Mike has been a tremendous teacher and supporter in this process for not only our student athletes, but also our coaching staff. We are forever indebted to him for those efforts."
Pastor Wissink started his involvement with Bulldog Athletics during Sall's previous stint as an assistant men's basketball coach from 1995-98. He was the 19th individual affiliated with FSU Athletics to receive the "Pete Peterson Pride Award", which initially began following the 1981-82 athletics season.
Pastor Wissink and his wife, Ruth, have four children.