About the Author - Rev. Mike S. Bates. I am not a professional author or a vocational church pastor. I’m just an ordained minister and a simple working man who loves God and wants to serve the Lord. I am a graduate of Northwestern State University (La.). I'm also a U.S. Marine Veteran. I currently live in Maysville, Georgia with my devoted caring wife. I also have 3 wonderful grown step-children and 2 grandchildren.