…Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. (2nd Corinthians 5:17)
Michael Berrian Jr. (mostly known as Bruh Mike), born 1-31-1986, was raised in the Pleasant Hill area of Macon, Georgia. At a young age he witnessed a lot of things that influenced him to go in the wrong direction. By the age of 16 he was already involved in selling crack cocaine and marijuana, smoking marijuana, having sex, gang affiliation, and armed robbery which led to his arrest, along with his 2 friends May 2002. In October 2002, he was sentenced to serve 10 years (4 incarcerated in the Georgia Dept. of Corrections and 6 on probation following his incarceration). His journey through the jail system started in the Department of Juvenile Justice and a few days after his 17th birthday he was shipped to Lee Arrendale State Prison (better known as Alto) in Alto, Ga.
After serving 2 years in Alto, he was transferred to Hancock State Prison in Sparta, Ga. He was there only a few weeks when his eyes were opened to the Truth of Jesus, the Son of God, while hearing the Word of God being preached in a church service February 19th, 2005. The minister preached about God raising Lazarus from the dead. He had an unforgettable encounter with God which lead to him repenting of his sins and turning away from his past lifestyle to become a Christian and follow Jesus.
Michael was later released from prison after serving 3 years and 1 month.
Since then the Lord has blessed him with a beautiful wife and 3 children, and has opened numerous doors of opportunity for him to share his testimony, rap, and preach about God’s grace, truth, love, mercy, forgiveness and soon coming judgement to others. He was ordained a minister May 2016. Proclaiming the Gospel and evangelism to the lost are some of his greatest passions. That’s what iRepDaKING! is all about.
Michael still resides in Macon, Ga. with his wife Shandale (Married since January 2006) and their 3 children. They are connected with the body of Christ at Bold As A Lion Family Worship Center(http://www.boldasalion.org), under the leadership of Apostles: Carlton and Denise Walker.
“iRepDaKING!” (short for: I Represent The King!), was established by Michael Berrian Jr. in 2008 originally under the name “iRepDaKING! Music”. Glorifying Jesus Christ through music in the rap/hip hop form was the main motivation at the beginning of this ministry and He successfully released a few mixtapes and an EP before writing a few books which includes an autobiography of his born again experience entitled “From a Convict to a Convert”.
Up to date, “iRepDaKING!” has expanded to glorifying Jesus Christ through books, apparel, and the preaching of the Gospel as well. He boldly professes to all that Jesus Christ is the King that he represents.
From Michael’s lifestyle, music, videos, books, apparel, and preaching, it’s his desire to glorify Jesus Christ in all that he does and promote. He has been set apart for the ministry and his hope is that unbelievers (sinners) be saved, believers be edified and challenged to grow, and that Jesus Christ be glorified.
Michael is an ambassador for Christ, as though God were pleading through him: he wishes to implore all on Christ’s behalf to be reconciled to God (2nd Corinthians 5:20). Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit comes, the Holy Spirit will glorify Him (John 16:13-14)