Meet Mike Ford, sixth in the 2018 series of rider profiles. Mike is the youth pastor at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips! Learn more. Donate.
As a Christian in the Anabaptist (Mennonite) tradition, I’ve long valued living a simple life and minimizing my impact on the world’s resources. As I’ve come to understand more of climate change and the environmental challenges we are already seeing because of it, I’ve tried to learn more of what I can do individually to help make change, and as a pastor, what I can preach/teach to help more people see the tie between faith and good stewardship of our limited resources and environment.
In years past, I’ve followed PA IPL and this ride through participant and friend Ben Wideman. Ben asked if I would join him this year in scouting out the Philadelphia-D.C. trip, and I decided to get off the sidelines and onto the field. I love long distance bike riding (especially when a cause is involved) and the challenges and discoveries that come with it.
I suppose I’m fairly typical in how I approach climate action in my own life — I try to live a lifestyle where I reduce/reuse/recycle. In the last year, I’ve tried to focus on reducing the energy use of our home by increasing insulation, installing energy saving thermostats, installing LED lightbulbs, using less water. Getting more involved with PA IPL is pushing me in good ways to be more informed and active in this regard.
I love people, adventure, risk, and good chocolate! I’m looking forward to all that and more on this ride. Follow along!
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