Motivating and Inspiring People to Action

Mike Nygren was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey for his junior high and senior high years where his life was blessed with individuals who helped define his life purpose of teaching and coaching. He graduated from  Eastern Kentucky University before beginning his teaching career on Maryland's Eastern shore. He ventured to Ohio to teach Industrial Education and then transitioned into a role of a church youth leader and grew a group of 30 students to over 500 in his current hometown of Tipp City, Ohio.

During that time both Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton recognized his work. Mike has successfully created three non-profits with the focus of unlocking leadership potential in teens and adults. Over the years he has coached, taught and mentored in educational, religious, non-profit, military and business environments. Mike is the author of: Ten Balloons: Principles of Leadership, Life and Love, Real Thoughts of An Aging Youth Worker and Mission and Youth Ministry the Necessary Love Affair.


Why book Mike for your upcoming event?

  • Four decades of teaching and hands-on leadership experience.
  • Conducted over 450 leadership and service-learningadventures worldwide.
  •  Over 10,000 students participated in leadership and service-learning workshops.
  • Grew a local youth ministry from 30 to over 500 students with an adult leaderrship team of 75.
  • Led study abroad and work teams to Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico, Canada and Israel.
  • Created and led non-profits - Dream Builders, School of Urban Studies and the Troy Idea Factory.
  • Created student - led, afterschool initiatives in Troy, Ohio serving over 700 students - Young Women of Distinction, Reading Buddies, Mathletes, Dreamer’s Gymnastics, Mentor-to-Mentor and Serve It Up!
  • Created ongoing youth initiatives: Clubhouse, Kids Read Now, Appalachian Construction Company, Dayton Work Project, Jamaica Mission Adventure, Tijuana Construction Company.
  • Created a national All-Star Team - and “When You Take a Pig Across America” tour across America with 18 students.
  • Youth Ministry Consultant with 200 churches in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.
  •  Developed Mentoring Course of Study for 200 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
  •  Created The Joshua Team to mentor 50 youth pastors from 10 states.
  • Youth Ministry presenter: National Youth Workers, Ichthus, Lyman Coleman and David C. Cook.

Contact Mike

(937) 776-7362

Mailing Address

235 West Elm Street
Tipp City, OH 45371