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Reverend Michael Farias
GTG President

Minister. Entrepreneur. Visionary. Evangelist.


Michael Farias is the president of Greater Than Gold and the founder and CEO of The Plumbing Doctor®.


Mike has a long career in both ministry and business, and has almost always been bi-vocational.


An Assembly of God minister and former senior pastor, Mike is also a successful entrepreneur. He has founded several companies, and is well known and widely published in the plumbing industry.


Mike brings a unique perspective to both business and Kingdom building.  An inspiring speaker, Mike mixes personal experiences with Biblical truths to get his point across and move his listeners to action.


Mike is passionate about ministry and business, and enjoys developing leaders in both arenas.

The Back Story


A California native, Mike began his plumbing career as a plumber’s helper at the age of 18. By the time he was 24, he was tired of the view from the bottom and being the butt of plumber’s jokes, and he acquired his plumbing contractor’s license and went into business for himself. Without access to information about how to build a plumbing business the right way, he learned on his own through trial and error.  He wanted to do more than just go to work, he wanted to build something he could be proud of, and to eventually share with others how to build a successful business as well. This led him to create the Plumbing Doctor®, a franchised plumbing service company he started out of his home with $7,000 and an old ambulance. Today, Plumbing Doctor® is an award winning, multi-million dollar company, operating in over 150 zip codes, and is run by his three adult children.


Mike Farias attributes his success to his faith.


Along with obtaining his contractor’s license, Farias also began his journey with the Lord at age 24. An injury, a visit to the hospital, and trip to the operating room caused him to reconsider his lifestyle. He gave his life to the Lord, and within a couple of years, he yielded to God’s call and moved his young family to Santa Cruz, California to enroll in Bible school.  Upon graduation and ordination, Reverend Farias began his ministry, spending nearly a decade as a pastor. Later, he served as the Director of Church Care Network for Northern California and Nevada, a compassion ministry now known as Convoy of Hope. Mike serves as the President of Global Youth Evangelism, is the Founder of Greater Than Gold Ministries, serves on the Advisory Board for Africa’s Hope, and is on the Board of Trustees of Epic Bible College in Sacramento.


Mike’s mission through Greater Than Gold is to provide simple, easy to use Bible Studies to those in need all over the world. It is his vision to continue to expand, translate and distribute Bible studies to hungry people across the globe. Each sale of a Greater Than Gold study helps provide trusted Bible Studies to Christian leaders in developing countries, in their language, partnering with them in equipping the called for the work of the ministry.


Mike and his wife Cindy have been married for over 40 years, live in Davis, CA, and are currently members of Real Life Church in Natomas, where Mike serves in leadership as an ordained minister.

Lisa Lazalier
Director of Operations

Director of Operations


A mechanical engineer by education, Lisa Lazalier has always had a passion for writing and a talent for organization. She began her post-college career at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee as an Operations Engineer and Project Manager, but after having children, decided to become a stay at home mother. As her children grew to be school age, she was able to develop copywriting relationships with several clients while still being at home with her family. An editing opportunity for Greater Than Gold led to work on a deeper level with the organization, and eventually to her current position as Director of Operations.


Lisa is responsible for the day to day operations of Greater Than Gold, from customer and partner communications to website management, vendor supply, social media and marketing.


Lisa lives on a small farm in Middle Tennessee with her husband, two children, and several dogs, cats, and chickens.  She actively volunteers with her church as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, and at All God’s Children, a feeding and education ministry.  Lisa considers it an honor to collaborate with Reverend Michael Farias and the rest of the Greater Than Gold team to fulfill our mission of delivering God’s word to the world.