A Life of Uncommon Luck
Despite living a life of “uncommon luck,” Mike knows first hand that everyone, at times, needs a helping hand. Growing up in the church where his father pastored, and with a long line of educators in his family, dating back to his grandmother, Mike’s upbringing instilled the values that helped him become the person he is today. Through hard work, education and a great investment of time, Mike has become a leader in every field in which he has gained experience, from banking and the military to education and law, and has contributed his time, talent and treasure to become a valuable member of his community.
Hearing the call to serve throughout his life, Mike has always been ready, wiling and able to dedicate himself to a higher cause and become a public servant. Mike describes it as a calling to do what was right. He is often heard to quote one of the namesakes of his alma mater, “My trust is in the wisdom and mercy of a kind Providence that ordereth all things for our good,” and, in his life he has born witness to a seeming intervention of forces that have accrued to the benefit of his efforts and those he has sought to help.
As a child, growing up in the shadow of my pastor dad, and with a family heritage tradition that claims two churches on the National Registry, there was much expectation for me to enter the ministry. But, that is a unique and sacred calling, and my ministry, if it can be called that, has been focused on what can be done “on this side of heaven,” as my dad would often say.
Talking with residents and leaders in the community, and expanding his reach throughout the district through a social media community page, after almost six months, the decision was made to take this journey to the next phase to run for U.S. Congress. But, all things must come in God’s time, not our own, and despite a wonder filled campaign that inspired the YouTube Video Faith Rocks, whose message of faith was so powerful that it inspired a letter from the Vatican recognizing true works of God, Mike was not victorious at the polls in his race for U.S. Congress.
Still, it is through an abiding faith and a selfless love for his country that Major Mike Webb now moves ahead and asks for your support in his next quest: a seat on the Arlington County School Board. This is not just Mike’s journey, as we are with him. Together we can make a better tomorrow for our children, and our grandchildren.
In a life of uncommon luck or graced by Providence, Mike was raised in the second largest city in the Garden State, in the shadow of the Big Apple, but enjoyed “small town values” in the closely knit communities in which he was nurtured, especially in the Shenandoah Valley, his second hometown by affinity and where he attended college. Despite having parents who were the products of public schools and who had worked in the public school system–his father the first African American Assistant Superintendent of his hometown school system and his mother a primary school teacher before departing that career to start a family, Mike attended some of the best private and parochial schools in the nation. Moreover, from birth, Mike was exposed to a diverse world view, with a grandfather who was a Jewish immigrant from Germany, a father who engaged in an ecumenical ministry long before it became a common term in modern vocabulary, hosting Bishop Fulton Sheen at a convention of Baptist ministers in Newark, NJ not long after riots shook that city, and travelling around the world beginning as a toddler to the West Indies, Asia, and Eastern Europe in the days of the Iron Curtain.
The Webb family home was always filled with visitors and family, from missionaries to college presidents, and even, for a weekend entertaining Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, the mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and former President of Morehouse College, as well as Rev. William Gray, III, his father’s son in the ministry, who rose through the ranks of the U.S. Congress to be named the first African American Chairman of the House Budget Committee and the first African American Majority Whip. From a young age, he learned the value of being involved in his community, a good education and financial responsibility. Although he has never married, Mike has a large extended family of siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and close family friends. Each year, he sets a goal to add at least one more person to the family, if only by adoption. Mike is a resident of Arlington. A YouTube video about Mike’s amazing family life is titled Faith Is Our Family Fortune.
A Love for Education
Despite describing himself as a student with “Gentlemen’s Cs,” anyone who engages in conversation with Mike knows that that description betrays an innate intellect that has assisted him throughout life. He was, in fact, an honor student until high school, and currently maintains exceptional grades in graduate school, but his quest for a broad experience in pursuit of what he calls “a real liberal arts education,” diverted his attention from academic achievement for sake of a breadth of experiences, from drama and journalism to science and art. In college, Webb would often attend classes for which he was not even enrolled, just to learn something new, and invade the bookstore to find additional reading to fill his nights on random topics from foreign affairs and economics to classical literature and history. In college, Mike admits that he would often leave the required reading for his assigned classes to the night before the final exam, but would not recommend it to anyone else. Through it all, he started to develop what would become a life-long love affair with learning, which he hopes would catch hold with many youth, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A few years ago, finding a deficiency in my knowledge of the classics in literature, I picked up every book that my formal education had missed, from War and Peace and Don Quixote to Dr. Faustus and The Histories by Herodotus. And, oh, what a joy it was to read James Joyce’s Ulysses, but so many miss out on these pleasures. But, since returning to the faith of my fathers holy faith, taking time to read the Bible provides great inspiration for me, and an uplifting message of hope.
Just a look at Mike’s profile on LinkedIn, one has to wonder if there is anything that he has not done, but, surprisingly, this “jack of all trades,” has demonstrated at his every endeavor a proficiency and dedication matched by few. Often, the accomplishments listed by some in a career at one profession fall short of what Webb, with a boundless energy and enthusiasm accomplishes in short order, and then moves on to the next challenge. So, when Mike says the he will abide by his convictions regarding term limits even if the Congress never passes such legislation, one can rest assured that Mike, by nature, will accomplish the goals he sets for himself, and then move on to the next of life’s challenges that await.