Who am I? / Where am I from?
My name is Mike Unland. I live in the beautiful (but sometimes hot and smoggy) community of La Verne, California- about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, along the local foothills. I am 48 years old and have been married to my wife Mary Ann for 7 years. We have no children, but four adorable, adopted cats. I have degrees in Economics and work as a Project Manager in the Regulatory Affairs dept. of the local large electric utility in the area. For extra fun and excitement, I also tutor junior high through college level students in mathematics.
If a Christian, how did you become a Christian?
I was raised as a Christian and attended a conservative Lutheran church and school, K-8. For awhile my footsteps were firmly planted in the same spot in my walk with Christ. However, in the past roughly ten years, I have recommitted myself. I now attend a very large non-denominational church that, interestingly enough, has some charismatic leanings- a big 'outside the box' thing for me as you might expect from my background.
What is your favorite movie? Why?
Casablanca- because it is a great story about sacrifice, and Schindler's List- because it is simply great.
Coke or Pepsi?
Previously, Pepsi, without a doubt. Now its more like Dasani vs. Aquafina (Dasani wins here). Of course, since I roast my own coffee, it could be Sumatra vs. Kenya.
What is the most interesting thing about you?
I would like to think I am a good looking, Renaissance Man. All kidding aside though, if you asked people that know me, they probably would say that my life was radically changed a few years ago when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While it turned out not to be a malignant type, there were still some consequences. The whole ordeal was tough on me and those around me, got me to look at life very differently from then on, and brought me much closer to God. I am grateful.
To all my fellow students, and Michael and Rhome, fairwarning-I am a complete novice in theology, but thanks for having me!