Mike & Darla Rakes- Mike and Darla have always done ministry together as a team. They are both passionate about pursuing intimacy with God and His great purposes in the earth. They love God, people, and helping others live to their greatest potential. They came to Winston Salem First in 2006 with a message of renewal and restoration.
Darla Rakes had an encounter with God in 2007 that exchanged who she thought she was for who God said she was. One phrase that constantly surfaced in those early days after her encounter was, “I am who God says I am.” She delivered her first message in 2007 and now shares the podium every week with Mike.
Darla has two degrees in Art from Missouri State University and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, graduating both with Summa Cum Laude honors, and she is creative in every way. She also has a Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership and serves alongside Mike as a Lead Pastor of Winston Salem First.
Darla is responsible for Sunday ministry atmospheres and the spiritual development of the staff. She grew up without a father and with an abusive stepfather in her teen years. She’s now turned all of her energy toward her perfect Father in heaven and loves to read, pray, and spend long periods of time with Him in worship and contemplation.
Mike is kind, yet opinionated about the direction of God’s church. He often speaks of people being the greatest kingdom resources in the North American Church. He is all about mobilizing people to get involved with what God is doing on an hourly basis.
He is the author of Slings And Stones: How God Works in the Mind to Inspire Courage in the Heart, released by Charisma House. In 1995, Mike had a visitation from God that still shapes his theology and vocabulary to this day. He is known for inventing words and rearranging phrases that create new opportunities for people to experience God.
Mike is the founder of the 24sixchurch and believes what happens in a believer’s life six days a week is just as important as Sunday church. His ministry is always about empowering the underestimated to step into their God-given assignments. Mike serves as the North American representative for the Coalition of Transformational Churches and as the Vice Chair of Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees.
Find Pastor Mike & Darla online:
Twitter & Instagram- @drrakes and @darlarakes
Facebook- Mike-Darla Rakes