Michael Raburn was born and raised in Plant City, Florida and moved to Gainesville in 2017. Prior to that, Mike lived in Raleigh, NC where he earned a PhD in ethics and public policy from Duke University. While living and studying in North Carolina, Mike began his advocacy for the homeless and at-risk populations through his work at Love Wins Ministries. Mike also worked at UNC's Jordan Institute for Families, serving and caring for National Guard and Reserve families dealing with deployment all over North Carolina.
Mike and his partner Amy are lead pastors of Gainesville Vineyard which has served the local community for more than 30 years. Mike and Amy have led the Vineyard to relocate to SE Gainesville where they have purchased and restored the abandoned Boys & Girls Club, establishing the GNV Bridge Community Center. The Bridge provides free groceries to over 1000 people per month, has established a thriving, highly successful literacy program, a growing community garden, and provides space for many community activities. Mike also serves as board chair for Grace Marketplace and on the City of Gainesville's Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.
During his time in Gainesville, Mike has watched its citizens be overlooked and ignored time and time again. Believing that our community is capable of much more by working together, Mike is running for Gainesville City Commission District 2 to restore honesty, collaboration, and respect to our local government!