Bio

I am a pastor, chaplain, and educator. There are a few other labels I carry. I’m an agitator in most of these lovely roles.

Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, the city is the original context out of which all my musings come.

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 CPE 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 and NMH. These days I’m in a doctoral course of study in pastoral theology, personality, and culture at GETS.

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.