Mike Reis is an author, speaker, master-certified life coach and addiction counselor who firmly believes that it’s never too late to become the person God intended. After becoming a Christian in 2005, Mike was eventually able to battle the cycle of his own alcoholism and other addictive behaviors, and today he lives a life dedicated to God, family, and serving others. His ministry focuses on helping men become better husbands, fathers, and spiritual leaders and to live a purposeful life with his message to living for more than just yourself, your income, or your possessions. He travels to churches, retreats, business organizations, and addiction recovery centers to share his own story of survival and redemption. Mike also serves as a board member for The Jericho House, a faith-based addiction recovery program for men.
Prior to becoming an author and speaker, Mike enjoyed a hugely successful career in executive sales and management with companies like Hallmark Cards, PepsiCo, and ConAgra Foods. Mike graduated with honors from Georgia State University with a B.A. in liberal arts and business. He is a Substance Abuse Counselor as well a Certified Master Coach specializing in addiction recovery coaching. Mike is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), Georgia Addiction Counselors, the International Coach and Recovery Coaches International (RCI). He also holds a certificate of ordination from the National Association of Christian Ministers.
Mike is the proud father of six adult children and eight grandchildren. His son is NFL Super Bowl XLIV champion and former New Orleans Saints safety Chris Reis, who became a part of football history when he recovered the onside kick at the beginning of the second half of the game, which is credited for altering the mood—and the course—of the entire game itself.
Mike and his wife, Celia, live in Alpharetta, Georgia with their two golden retrievers, Buster and Bennie.
Chris Reis is a loyal follower of Christ, devoted husband and father, author, inspirational speaker, and former NFL football player who played four seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He is best known for his historic, game-changing play made during Super Bowl XLIV, and ultimately helping to lead the Saints to victory. As the first onside kick recovered before the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl game, NFL.com named Chris’ play one of the “Top 10 Greatest Super Bowl Plays of the Decade,” and the actual ball he recovered now resides in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Chris is a graduate of Georgia Tech, where he was the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) throughout his entire college experience. It was through the FCA that Chris met his wife, Michelle. It was also within these walls of fellowship that Chris’ father, Mike, felt his own calling to surrender his life to Christ.
Chris is passionate about helping others to improve their lives. He serves on the board of lüō, a nonprofit organization that works on empowering children in impoverished global communities by providing them with sustainable solutions including nutrition, biblical curriculum, education, and medical care. (For more information, please visit www.luo-setfree.org.)
Today Chris travels the country speaking to men’s groups, youth groups, churches and religious organizations, Rotary Clubs and other service organizations, touchdown clubs, and corporations, inspiring others by sharing his story of living a faith-based lifestyle in an ego-centric culture. His “Live for More” motto inspires many who may find trusting God in today’s culture to be more and more daunting. Chris lives in Cumming, Georgia, with his wife, Michelle, their daughter, Piper, new son Rowan and their dogs Kolsch and Tyger.
Mike Yorkey is the author or co-author of more than seventy books, including these collaborative efforts:
- Believe: The Eric LeGrand Story, the story of Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down on a kickoff play in 2010
- My Big Fat Greek Diet by Nick Yphantides, M.D., who lost 270 pounds
- Play Ball by former San Francisco Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky
- Holding Serve by tennis star Michael Chang
- Every Man’s Battle by Steve Arterburn and Fred Stoeker (there are nine books in this series that have sold 2 million copies)
- Up, Up and Away: The Story of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. (they were part of the Sixties music group, The Fifth Dimension)
Mike grew up in La Jolla, California, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. degree from the School of Journalism. After a stint as a newspaper editor, he was editor of Focus on the Family magazine from 1986-1997 and also held other titles at Focus on the Family, including editorial director and editor-in-chief.
Mike has been married 33 years to Nicole, a native of Switzerland. He is the co-author of two World War II novels, The Swiss Courier and Chasing Mona Lisa, which are set in Switzerland, France, and Nazi Germany.
Mike and Nicole are the parents of two adult children, Andrea and Patrick, and make their home in Encinitas, California.
His website is www.mikeyorkey.com.