Michael and Kathy were married in 1969 in Ellsworth, Kansas following Michael’s 2nd tour in Vietnam. They have been married for 43 years and have known each other for over 50 years. They have 3 grown children (Heather, Holly & Adam) which are all married and each have 3 children which totals 9 beautiful grandchildren. The entire Lazio family have been involved in worship ministry for many years at their former church and across the region for numerous groups and churches.
Michael and Kathy have lived in the Kansas City area (Northland) for all of their married life and now make Platte City their home which is where their current ministry, Bethel House of Prayer, is also located. They have served at BHOP since its foundation on November 14th, 2004.
As a couple they have served the Lord and His church since 1977 when Michael’s father presented the gospel to his entire family which included all 6 children, their spouses and Michael’s maternal grandmother, in their living room, and they surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ on “Memorial weekend”.
Michael ran a successful insurance business for 22 years before the Lord spoke to him that it was time to “get out of the boat” (Matt 14:26-31) and Kathy served as his office manager for most of this time. During those years the Lord taught them to minister in the market place to those who were lost and hurting, and prepared them for the ministry ahead by refining them in the fires of the Lord.
Over the years, Michael became involved with Promise Keeper’s and helped train intercessory and evangelism prayer teams for the Arrowhead and Kemper Arena stadium events. He helped start his former church and served as an elder with oversight to the men’s ministry, worship teams and multi-media. He also served as interim senior pastor at Vineyard Community Church in Marysville, Kansas in 2002-03. Michael has traveled on the mission field extensively with a particular passion for the Middle East and the Isaiah 19 highway of worship (Is 19:23-25)
Kathy’s ministry included the worship ministry, mentoring young moms, marriage ministry, church decorating, serving the Alpha Class dinners and wedding coordinator and children’s ministry. Kathy is also an excellent teacher.
Together Michael and Kathy have a passion to see hearts released and set free to worship God extravagantly, and to see that worship manifested through many different expressions both corporately and in everyday life.