Michael Brooks, pastor of the Quincy First Assembly of God church, came upon his career not by accident, but by a meaningful series of events. The pastorship chose him.
Brooks has been in Quincy for the past four years since he took over the head position at First Assembly. He has come a long way to land, finally, in this small town.
Brooks grew up near San Jose, Calif. He joined the Air Force in 1978. He was sent to Spokane’s Fairchild Air Force Base, where he served for many years until he was stationed at an Air Force base in Germany. He came back to Spokane eventually, until his retirement from the military in 1998.
“I went all over,” said Brooks. “I was also in Texas, where I worked as a security police and in Great Falls, Mont.”
When Brooks returned to Spokane, he trained in medical logistics, managing materials and supplies. He was responsible for ordering supplies for the warehouse and stocking supplies.
“The Air Force was a great time in our life,” said Brooks. “It was good.”
Brooks grew up in the church, and remembers accepting the Lord as his savior at the tender age of 11. He never had any intention of becoming a preacher growing up. He enjoyed public speaking though, and while in Germany, he often assisted the chaplains in their work.
In 1990, he made the decision to become a pastor. He studied through the Berean Program, an institute-level course for ministerial studies.
“The program was convenient, and could be done through correspondence,” said Brooks. “It allows you to be credentialed through Assemblies of God.” There are nine courses required for ordination, and according to Brooks, it’s a lot like taking online college courses.
He followed up his studies with an internship with the First Assembly of God church in Spokane, as he was mentored under Pastor Randy Beal and Associate Pastor Don Stevens. Brooks then became a pastor in Priest River, Idaho, where he remained for eight years.
“I felt a calling to lead us away from that,” said Brooks. “We sold our house, and we were going to live with my in-laws in Spokane. One week from moving, one of the people in the leadership of our church mentioned Quincy. We came to meet the leadership of the church here, and it was a good fit.”
Brooks was appointed by the Assembly of God network office Northwest Ministry to pastor the Quincy church. “It has been a great fit,” said Brooks. “We just love the people. We work together really well.”
Brooks enjoys life here in the Quincy Valley alongside his wife, Ruth. His son, Michael, lives in Quincy and works at Colstor. Another son, Steven, lives in Livermore, Calif., and is a recruiter with the Air Force. Brooks likes shopping, eating out and playing tennis.
“I like the sunshine here,” Brooks said. “I like the central location to Spokane and our family in Kent. We are only one hour away from the network office in Spokane.” Brooks agrees that “Opportunities Unlimited” is a great slogan for the city of Quincy. He believes it is encouraging, positive and uplifting to people.