About Our Vicar
Originally from Chicago, Father Mike was raised in the Jewish tradition. He took a detour along the way and has been an Episcopal priest since 1978. Father Mike has served in seven Episcopal schools in four states, the most recent being Canterbury Episcopal School in DeSoto, Texas. Father Mike has also served in diocesan staff positions in Chicago and in long-time supply and interim positions in many churches. In addition, he served as chaplain at Kennedy Airport and has worked with youth in juvenile detention and various specialty camps. Additionally, he has served as spiritual director and provided spiritual mentoring for those who feel called to ordained ministry. Father Mike met his wife Susan in college and they have been married for 48 years. Susan has a Masters degree in learning differences. She has worked one on one with students from kindergarten to college. Fr. Mike and Susan do premarital and marital counseling together as well as lead retreats for married couples. They have two grown sons who currently live in Austin and have two dogs named Waffles and Obadiah to fill their empty nest. Father Mike enjoys serving our Lord in beautiful Far West Texas. He is also Co-Chair of Rio Grande Borderland Ministries, is a member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s National Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors at Sunshine House. He has worked to develop a Bi-lingual youth ministry along the “67 corridor” going from Marfa, Texas to Ojinaga, Mexico.
“I am very secure in God’s call to serve in the Big Bend region of the Diocese of the Rio Grande. The people of St. Paul’s and Far West Texas are amazing people with a willingness to act in times and places of need. This is both along our border as well as in the small towns which make up our area. This is a ministry which has always been guided by God’s call and direction. We continue every day to go forth to love and serve the Lord.”