Rev. Michael Birks, a faithful servant to the God of the Bible, went Home on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
Pastor Mike was born on March 9, 1958, in San Rafael, Calif., to Robert and Marilyn (Petrie) Birks. After graduating from high school he went on to graduate from Christian Heritage College, then Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. His ministry took him to Eastern Europe at age 21; Washougal, Wash.; Vancouver, Wash.; Dayton, Oregon; Wando, South Korea; and then finally to Brookings.
He felt very strongly that being a minister was his calling and truly believed that if God calls you to preach the Gospel, there is nothing else you will be able to do. Times of visitation were very important to him; spending one-on-one time with his congregation and others in the community, serving the Lord. Through the nine years after being diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis he continued to be a testimony of God’s grace, always desiring the Lord’s will in his life.
Mike met Nancy Asquith and they married on Jan. 5, 1991, while he was a pastor in Dayton. They later traveled to South Korea to teach English. This included teaching English Sunday School songs to young children at the church they attended in Wando. He also preached a sermon at the church, with an interpreter. In July 1999, they decided to start their family through adoption; their beautiful daughter Stephanie was born April 12, 2000, in China, and they went to China to bring her home to Brookings in April 2001. He loved her very much and was very proud of her.
Pastor Mike has been a volunteer chaplain for Clark County jail as well as Clark County, Wash., and Dayton, fire departments. While in Brookings he was a member of Kiwanis, did devotional time at the Outreach Gospel Mission, and also led Sunday services at Curry Good Samaritan Center.
Rev. Birks loved music and woodworking. He made several pieces of furniture for their home, including Stephanie’s crib.
Pastor Mike spent the last six months of his life as a resident of Curry Good Samaritan Skilled Nursing Center and was loved and cared for so very well by the staff. He still had his wit at times and made jokes often.
Survivors include his wife Nancy; daughter Stephanie; father Robert; sister Anna and her husband Mike; brother Doug; brother Todd and his wife Allison; Uncle Vernon; Aunt Nita and husband Uncle Bill; nieces Sarah and Kyra; nephews Jacob, Ben, Andy and Miles; and cousins Millie, Pam, Mo and Brad.
Pastor Mike was preceded in death by his mother Marilyn, in 2011.
A celebration memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Calvary Assembly of God Church, 518 Fir Street, in Brookings. Pastor Ken Whitted (First Baptist Community Church) will officiate. Refreshments will follow the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the AWANA program at First Baptist Community Church, P.O. Box 4159, Brookings, OR 97415.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.