I am a son, husband, brother, and father. I am a friend. I am a pastor, chaplain, and educator. I am an agitator in all these lovely roles.
My wife married me in 2001. We’ve welcomed two boys into our home after nuanced and particular routes; they arrived and didn’t leave and they are beautiful black sons. We’re all Chicagoans, born and raised, and Chicago’s south side is the context out of which all my musings come, even if I write from other places.
For work, I wrote Sunday School curriculum for ten years for the largest independent African-American Christian media company, Urban Ministries. I’ve served in two churches, one a black mega-church on the south side, the other a multi-ethnic church on the northwest side: Sweet Holy Spirit and New Community Covenant. These days I lead retreats through the Evangelical Covenant Church around ways to pray, the spiritual disciplines, and listening as an inevitable skill in spiritual friendship. I teach as an adjunct faculty member at North Park Theological Seminary, used to at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (for 8 years until 2017). I am a chaplain and ACPE candidate supervisor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
I studied at the University of Illinois (BS in psychology), Wheaton College (MA in theology), and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (MDiv). I completed my CPE units at Urban CPE Consortium (1 unit) and Northwestern Memorial (3 units & 4 units of supervisory education and counting). I keep learning.
Thank you for visiting my site and being interested. While I’m writing on this site now, I also have blogs archived about faith and relationships here and fatherhood here. To contact me, email Michael at michaelwashington dot org.