“My passion is discipleship. I love seeing people come to know Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him. Yet one area of discipleship that we as pastors often overlook in the midst of ministry is our own discipleship to Jesus. Sometimes the greatest way Jesus transforms us in our discipleship with Him is through the crucibles we face in ministry: the exhaustion, stress, discouragement, conflict, and even betrayals. I want to help pastors not burn out or give up, but grow through the hardships they encounter in ministry so they walk more closely with Christ, reflect more of His character, and are strengthened in their ministry. We all need to continually draw from our Lord’s words, when he said in Matthew 11:28-30, ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’”
Michael is an ordained pastor and has been in ministry for 20 years. He understands the demands of many pastoral roles having been a Youth Pastor, Singles Pastor, Worship Pastor, Teaching Pastor and also serving as a Lead Pastor for 13 years. He understands the dynamics of leadership in churches that range in size from solo pastor to multi-staff and mega church models, having served in roles of each. He has also pastored through the dark valley of having an associate pastor collapse in moral failure, navigating the church through the spiritual, relational, organizational, public and legal aftermath it brings.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Dallas Theological Seminary, and completed his Doctor of Ministry in Discipleship at Talbot School of Theology.
Based in Orange County, CA, Michael is married to Chelsy and they have four young children, ages 5 1/2 down to only 8 months, which keeps both of them deeply dependent on Jesus for daily grace.