Michael loves mobilizing the body of Christ towards strategic engagement in God’s global purpose. He considers it a privilege to serve as the Director of Outreach at First. Michael grew up in Garner, IA – the town where evangelist Billy Sunday held his first rally! Michael sees the Spirit of God at work in his life through men and women who taught from God’s word that Jesus Christ is the only way to relationship with God, the alternative to this good news is hell and millions and millions of people are on their way there unless they hear and respond to Jesus. After enrolling at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, Michael spent much of his college years ministering in many states in the U.S. and countries in Europe and North and Central America. Michael graduated from Bethel in 2016 with a degree in Ministry Leadership and supporting minors in Communications and Theology. Michael met his wife Rachael in 2017 during a missions seminar at First. The seminar was led by Rachael’s brother and Michael’s mission that day was to get to know Rachael more. The two have been doing just that as they enjoy their life together in the Phillips Neighborhood.
A few of Michael’s favorites include eating at the Chipotle on Nicollet Avenue, playing cooperative board games and watching BibleProject videos. “Truth is the reality as perceived by God” was said by R.C. Sproul and is Michael’s favorite quote. If Michael could have any superhero power, he would choose time travel so he could witness historical events as they happen. You can follow Michael on LinkedIn and Facebook!