Raised in a small town in Michigan, Michael graduated from Michigan State University and then served a term in the Episcopal Service Corps in Los Angeles. Upon his return to his home state, Michael was a human resources officer at Michigan State for eight years. While serving as a lay leader in Eastern Michigan, he served on the Commission on Ministry, the diocesan youth and young adult leadership team, and has served as a deputy to General Convention since 2009. After graduation from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Michael served his curacy at St. Christopher’s in Grand Blanc and also served at an ELCA parish.

During his nine-year service on the staff of the Diocese of Eastern Michigan, Michael helped launch the multi-diocesan effort known as “Flyover Church,” which is an effort to recruit clergy on the coasts to consider ministry in the heartland, and he convened a team of diocesan transition ministers to revive the practice of gathering all the transition ministers in the US once a triennium to engage in collegial relationship building and professional development.

Michael and his partner David are looking forward to continuing their interests in travel, homespun culinary arts, sacred choral music (amongst lots of other music), and providing a home for four-legged companions.