Meet Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is the CEO of Nexus Services, which funds the largest national civil rights firm dedicated to prison and civil rights litigation in America, and is the pastor of the First Christian Church Universalist in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Nexus Services is a privately owned company that offers legal services to marginalized and disenfranchised communities across the United States. The First Christian Church Universalist is an unaligned Universalist church founded in 2014.

After serving seven months in the county jail, Donovan put himself through Western Governors University and studied at the Charlotte School of Law. Mike Donovan lives in Fisherville, Virginia, with his life partner, Richard, whom he met in 1997 and married in 2016, and where they are proud to be raising their two sons.

Family is at the center of my core values. It has helped me not only guide my personal life but all of my business endeavors. For most, family are those that live with you, share the same DNA as you or the person that you chose to spend your life with. While this is all true, family to me is much more. It is those that help us understand our critical function of life, serving others. My family is certainly made up of my Partner, our two children, my brothers, and my mother and father. However, my family are those that supported me throughout the years as I grew into the person that many know me as today. Family are those that I have been fortunate enough to serve that taught me the inner peace that is given knowing that I am not only living for myself.


As I have matured throughout the years, I do not know where I would be today. Although family can at times be very destructive, I have been fortunate enough to see the opportunity that is provided through destruction. An opportunity to rebuild. When you are able to see through pain to understand the importance of it, you are able to see not only the light at the end of the tunnel, but the world that opens up to us on the other side. Even more important, family will be the ones that walk with you until you reach that new world.

I do not know where I would be without my family. Both my traditional family unit at home, and the thousands of people I have been able to serve. They have given me a sense of purpose and most important of all, hope. Family is at the center of hope and without hope, we have nothing.

I am eternally grateful to all those that have been in my life. I certainly hope that you may take the time and understand that as a county, we function better as an united American family, no matter the differences or the moments of pain we may cause one another. Because that American family will open us to a whole new world. One that our founding fathers dreamed of.