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Michael Flake, long-time GBC and NAMB resort missionary found dead in Helen


HELEN (BP) — Michael H. Flake, the long-time director of Georgia Mountain Resort Ministries in the North Georgia mountains, was found dead Jan. 27.

“I used to think that I had to go overseas to be a ‘real’ missionary,” Flake recently wrote. “Then God reminded me that being a missionary means ... making Him known wherever you are.”

Prior to his post, Flake – a native Georgian – was a guidance counselor, US/C-2 missionary in Helen. He also had served as a semester missionary in Helen. As director of GMRM, he was dually appointed by the Georgia Baptist Convention and North American Mission Board.

“Michael Flake was a man with a heart for resort ministries,” said Mike Gravette, specialist for Mission Volunteers Ministries of the GBC. “Michael used his boundless energies and contagious enthusiasm to build GMRM into a top resort work among Southern Baptists.”

Flake attended Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland and Mercer University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He also attended New Orleans Seminary Extension in Decatur, Reformed Theological Seminary Extension in Georgia and Florida, and Southern Seminary.

“Michael was a blessing to be around as he shared his calling and enthusiasm to all who came near,” added Gravette.

Flake is survived by his wife, Natalie, and one daughter, Jorjanne.