Bishop (Dr.) Mike Okonkwo was born in Enugu. After his secondary education he joined the Nigerian Ports Authority in 1964, where he worked only for three months before crossing over to the banking industry with African Continental Bank (ACB).
His encounter with Jesus was when he was in the fold of the United Church of Christ (UCC) which has its headquarters in Enugu and he started attending church services regularly.
It was in the UCC that he was ordained into the ministry and his first pastoral responsibility was in Lagos with UCC. He was later ordained an Evangelist in the church, saddled with the responsibility of establishing more branches of the church in Lagos ,which he did wholeheartedly from 1976 to 1980, after which he recieved a certificate of licence from International Deliverance Churches, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Armed with the certificate, he moved on to establish The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) in 1981. He also bagged some other qualifications, some of which are; diploma degree from the Morris Cerullo School of Ministry, San Diego, California, USA; diploma from International Bible Institute and Seminary, Orlando, Florida; Bachelor of Bible Theology from the same university and later, The Covington Theological Seminary, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA which, because of his many years in the ministry of God, gave him a waiver for Masters Degree, after which he proceeded with his Doctorate degree programme in Divinity which he successfully completed and was conferred with Doctor of Divinity degree with all rights and privileges pertaining thereto.
In 1984, the Board of Directors of International Bible Institute, Orlando, Florida, USA conferred on him a Doctor of Letters Degree. In 1987, the United Christian International Bible Institute, Cleveland, Tennessee, USA awarded him a Doctor of Divinity certificate.
He his Happily Married & Below he pose with His wife.