Michael grew up on a dairy farm north of Sand Creek, attended Sand Creek Elementary, and graduated from Chetek High School. In August 2018 he returned to Wisconsin to serve this congregation through which he was baptized, confirmed, and ordained.
He is a graduate of Augsburg University, Minneapolis with a B.A. in Religion; received his Master of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.
Early ministry experience included developing a singles ministry at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield, MN; working as a chaplain at St. John’s hospital, St. Paul, MN; and serving as Director of Crossroad Ministries, an inner-city ministry through Augustana Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
In 1985 he was called as associate pastor to Hosanna Lutheran Church, Forest Lake, MN, and in 1988 was called to be the church’s senior pastor and served there until April 2010. In June 2010 he began his call to Edison Park Lutheran Church in Chicago, where he served as senior pastor through July 2018.
Among other things, Michael enjoys gardening, ancestry, the Packers, and experiencing the world and people through travel, having visited over forty countries and five continents. He has two sons, Nick and Erik, who live in St. Paul, MN.