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Mike Hopper


Mike Hopper

West Morris Street Free Methodist Church
Indianapolis, IN
Quizzed 1976-1979
Inducted 2008

Bio

Notable Results

At Bible Quiz Finals, our team placed 2nd in STV-A in 1977, and won the championship in STV-A in 1978, and I was top point scorer at Quiz Finals in 1978 and 1979.

Favorite Scripture

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (II Timothy 3:16-17) The Bible is God's unique and inspired word and provides guidance for every area of my life.
Jesus said, "Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest?' I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." (John 4:35) (See also Matthew 9:36-38.) My calling to ministry centers upon introducing unbelievers to Jesus Christ, and the time to do that is not later, but now! Also, a primary focus for my ministry has been to "harvest dedicated workers and leaders for Christ."

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21) This passage reminds me that God can do greater things in and through me than I can even imagine, and one key to this is for me to be totally open and committed to God.

Questions & Answers
What were the highlights of your quizzing years?

I memorized Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Romans, James, and John.

How did quizzing affect you as a teen?

Quizzing provided me spiritual growth: Were it not for my three years of quizzing as a teen, I doubt I would be a Christian today and certainly not serving the Lord as a pastor. Those quizzing years were a time of great spiritual growth in my life, and the scriptures learned then still come to mind and guide my life today. 

Quizzing provided me with many friendships: Many of my best friends are serving in the ministry of Bible Quizzing. Our common desire to see youth grow spiritually through studying and applying God's word and the opportunity to visit at monthly tournaments has helped develop and sustain those relationships.

What difference has quizzing made in your life to this day?

Quizzing provided me with a wife: While I was attending Asbury Seminary and directing quizzing for the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, at regional tournaments I met a wonderful quiz coach from Hookstown, PA who later became my wife. 

Quizzing provided meaningful discipleship for my children: All three of my children competed at least 6 years in quizzing and learned and memorized many scriptures. While four national championships were won by them, what will last is God's word that was planted in their hearts. Quizzing provided a good format for our family to study God's word together.

Are you presently involved in Bible quizzing in any way? If so, how?

Coach: 1994-1996 & 1998-2008 - Coached the Fillmore (MN) teams.
Conference Quiz Director: 1999-2008 - Director for the North Central Conference
Denominational Director: (15 years) In 1999-2002 - Denominational Co-Director (teamed up with Mark Colgan); in 2002-2006 - Denominational Director; and in 2006-2008 - Denominational Co-Director (teamed up with Eric Young)

What ministries are you currently doing? How are you presently active in serving the Lord?

Pastoring a growing, vibrant congregation in Fillmore, MN. Retiring Denominational Director of Bible Quizzing.