Charles M. "Mike" Ensch
Chaplain Mike Ensch went to be with the Lord on November 11, 2019 while at Silverado Memory Care Center in Bellingham, Washington. He was surrounded by his loving family, loyal friends, and supportive pastors as he passed from this world into his heavenly home. Although he was not a military veteran, he was a true warrior and veteran in the service of his King.
His years of ministry span from 1977 through 2012. He was an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God and an endorsed Chaplain. His passion was working with those who are incarcerated, having started his ministry in the California Youth Authority and later moving on to adult prisons, such as San Quentin. In 1989 he relocated to Alaska where he worked as the State Chaplaincy Coordinator for the State Department of Corrections until his retirement in 2012. Under his tenure, he formed the Transformational Living Community (TLC) in both the women’s and men’s facilities, and he also set up transitional housing for released prisoners. He effectively recruited many volunteers and would often state that the success of the ministry was because of the faithfulness of the volunteers.
Upon retirement, he and his wife settled in Ferndale, Washington. He enjoyed many happy times with his wife Danette, his son Jon and his wife Jessica, his daughters Sheryl Ensch and Sarah Hamacher and her husband Roger. But his greatest joy was spending time with his grandsons, Easton Ensch and Brooks Ensch. He was an active member of Christ the King Community Church, and served along with his wife as small group leaders.
Mike was born in San Diego, California on March 5, 1951 to Phyllis and Charles Ensch. He is the only surviving member of his family, having lost his only sister Susan several years ago. Mike graduated from Mt. Miguel High School, attended Grossmont College, and graduated from Bethany College in 1977. He obtained a Masters of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and later completed Masters level work at the University of San Francisco.
Mike’s passing is a great loss to his family and many friends, but their grief is surrounded by hope; hope that they will all be reunited with their beloved friend, father, and husband in the future. God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.