He received his bachelor’s degree in Religion and Christian Education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, and his Master of Divinity at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he was also awarded the Andrew Patterson Memorial Fellowship in Biblical Theology and the Alan M. Jackson Senior Preaching Award.
Michael has served Presbyterian and UCC churches in Arkansas, Kentucky and Evansville, while helping to found the Garland County Interfaith Council, the Owensboro HIV/AIDS Task Force, and starting a new church, New Hope United Church of Christ in Owensboro.
For five years, Michael served as the Development Director for the Evansville affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. During that time, he helped raise over $6 million to fund the construction of more than 75 houses. While at Habitat, he became more interested in generosity, stewardship, and fundraising within congregations.
Michael has completed two certificate programs in fundraising. Through the Indiana University School of Philanthropy, he earned the Certificate in Fund Raising Management. The Lake Institute on Faith and Giving bestowed the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising, following a year-long project that encouraged local churches to promote planned giving.
Michael and his wife Kathy met in the Presbyterian College Choir and were married just after graduation. They have two teenage daughters. His hobbies include bass guitar and homebrewing.