Ministry now on former meteorologist's radar in Oklahoma

Mike Armstrong, former meteorologist at KWTV-9 in Oklahoma City, is enjoying his post as a ministry leader at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond.
by Carla Hinton Modified: May 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014
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photo - Mike Armstrong, former KWTV-9 meteorologist, stands in the sanctuary at Henderson Hills Baptist in Edmond, where he works as new membership ministry team leader.  Photo by Sarah Phipps,  The Oklahoman  SARAH PHIPPS
Mike Armstrong, former KWTV-9 meteorologist, stands in the sanctuary at Henderson Hills Baptist in Edmond, where he works as new membership ministry team leader. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman SARAH PHIPPS

He said he liked working with England, whom he grew up watching on TV. Armstrong said he particularly liked that through meteorology, he could help people make good decisions regarding their safety in the midst of storms.

‘God is still providing’

Armstrong said he felt compelled to work with the disaster relief teams with Samaritan’s Purse in the aftermath of the May 2013 tornadoes. The invitation to serve as a volunteer with the humanitarian aid group came after he spoke at a Matthew West disaster relief fundraiser concert at Emmaus Baptist Church.

In early June, Armstrong went with the disaster relief teams, and they ended their encounters with storm survivors, including an El Reno couple whose home had been destroyed, by praying for them, he said.

“I remember standing in the middle of a field and praying with this couple, reminding them that God loved them and had a plan for them,” he said. “That was when I saw the world of meteorology and ministry connect.”

Armstrong said he thought back to this time when he learned he would not be promoted to KWTV-9’s chief meteorologist position, replacing England.

“I thought God was pouring a foundation for what He was going to do,” Armstrong said of his ministry time with Samaritan’s Purse.

Armstrong said he wasn’t bitter about not getting the job, but he was disappointed. Then he thought, “How can I be disappointed when God is still providing?”

When Henderson Hills asked if he would think about accepting a post with the church, he said, “I recognized right away that it was God calling me.”

Timely words

Armstrong said, looking back, he was grateful that the Lord guided him to ministry.

“I think God uses times of disappointment to move us,” he said.

He said he is grateful for his experience at KWTV-9 and particularly his opportunity to get to work with and befriend England.

“It was a really special time,” he said.

Meanwhile, social media has allowed Armstrong to put his meteorology background and his love for people to good use. He said he created a Facebook page called “Shelter From the Storm,” and he interacts with people all the time by offering words of prayer and Scripture and a timely weather forecast or two.

“I have a unique way to connect with people because of what I’ve done (at KWTV-9). I love that God is going to get the glory,” he said.

“It’s just how God knitted me together. I just care about people.”

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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