Michael is retired from thirty-three years of ordained ministry and lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
His chapbook, The Everywhere of Light (Plan B Press), was published in 2018.
Individual poems have appeared in Artemis, Bearings Online, Canary, The Carolina Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Dappled Things, Eunoia Review, Euphony, Foliate Oak, Grey Sparrow Journal, The Hollins Critic, Hummingbird, IthacaLit, Leaping Clear, The Main Street Rag, MockingHeart Review, Mudfish, The Opiate Magazine, Peacock Journal, Pilgrimage, Pinyon, Plainsongs, River Poets Journal, Saint Katherine Review, Snapdragon, The Windhover and other magazines and journals. One of his poems made the long list for the Fish Publishing 2020 International Poetry Prize (Cork, Ireland).
His creative nonfiction story,”Fearsome Portals,” was published in Rock & Sling. Michael’s essays “Feast,””Enemy” and “Spark” were winners of The Buechner Narrative Writing Project and published in The Christian Century.
In 2005, he published Gathered Stones, Divine Encounters in Everyday Life, https://www.amazon.com/Gathered-Stones-Divine-Encounters-Everyday/dp/1412057264 a book of true stories from his early years in ministry, one of which was published in 2007 in the Guideposts book Miracles. Three of his sermons were published in the Minister’s Annual by Abingdon Press.
He earned his B.A. at Emory & Henry College, M.A. at Wake Forest University, and M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
His Doctor of Ministry focused on the life of faith in multicultural contexts. He studied at seminaries in Washington, D.C., Sweden and Germany.