Pastor Michael Brooks is a proud native of Kansas City, Mo. He is married to Mable Johnson-Brooks. He is the proud father of four children, and two grandchildren
He graduated from Central High School, Kansas City, in 1980. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1982-1992, where he became a Certifiied Substance Abuse Counselor. He attended Midwestern State University where he studied Psychology and Political Science.
As a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, he has worked in many different settings: inpatient, outpatient, and detox units around the country. He returned to Kansas City in October of 1998, working at Swope Parkway Health Center Homeless Department and Synergy Services Prevention and Intervention Department.
In October of 1986, Pastor Brooks received God’s call to the ministry and was licensed as a GospelMinister. He served in various churches as an Associate Minister and Youth Minister. He became a Senior Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church in 1994, until he returned to Kansas City in 1998. He served as the Youth Minister of the Metropolitan Baptist Church before becoming the Senior Pastor of Zion Grove Baptist Church in 2000. He has served in ministry for over 30 years. Pastor Brooks is heavily involved in the community. The former President of the Concerned Clergy Coalition, Co-Chair of the of the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equality (MORE²) and a founding member of the Violence Free KC Committee with the Health Department. He is also the founder of (H.O.P.E.) Ministries, Helping Our People Evolve, & was Co-Founder of HOPE Academy Charter School, for high school dropouts.
Pastor Brooks served as 5th District City Council member from 2011-2015. In that capacity, he was Vice-Chair of the Finance Governance and Ethics Committee and served on the Public Safety & Emergency
He is a former board member of Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Chairman of the Head Start
Advisory Board, & Co-Chair of Kansas City Health Commission.