Meet the Clergy 2018-12-14T11:34:36+00:00

The Clergy

The Clergy

Anglican Province of America

The Rector of St. Michael the Archangel, Fr. Michael Cawthon, spent over 30 years in the steel industry as a manufacturers representative (he began his career loading trucks and finished it by leading a great company).  However;  “Mike” determined that his life had an emptiness that could only be filled by serving more fully his Lord. After spending years at St. Michael’s on “Vestries,” serving as “Sr. Warden,” and even performing yard maintenance duty (oh- how he loved his John Deere), he finally entered into our Province Discernment program, which changed his life forever; eventually moving into the Postulant Program for the Anglican Province of America.

Clergy: St. Michael the Archangel

While continuing to work within the secular world, Mike obtained a Master’s Degree from the Reformed Theological Seminary, Master of Arts, Religion; thus, “Mike” became known as Fr. “Michael” once ordained a Deacon in 2013, and Priest in 2014, and was instituted as Rector of St. Michael the Archangel in 2015.

Fr. Michael is assisted by Fr. George Harding, Retired.  Our Priests are assisted by Deaconess Tina Jenkins who is set aside to work with clergy and laity and is a great asset to our St. Michael’s family.

St. Michael the Archangel in 2015

After working years in the secular world while attending seminary, Mike finally obtain his Master’s Degree and “Mike” became known as Fr. “Michael” in 2013 and was instituted as Rector of St. Michael the Archangel in 2015.

Fr. Michael is blessed and privileged to be assisted by St. Michael’s Curate, Fr. Dennis Washburn, Phd.,and by Fr. George Harding, Retired.  All are assisted by Deaconess Tina Jenkins who is a great asset to St. Michael’s and assists with several different projects.

Many people lived through the many changes in the church beginning in the 60’s and became frustrated, saddened, and deeply hurt with the many changes within the Church.  In the United States changes to doctrines and interpretations of Scripture started to be preached within Anglicanism and  discipline was lost.  In 1979 a new Book of Common Prayer was introduced and many people began to feel abandoned by the faith of their Fathers as they saw a once wonderful faith abandoned.  St. Michael the Archangel is committed to the Church doctrines and interpretations established by the first generations of Christians; as defined in the Creeds, the early Church Fathers, and the  Canonized Scriptures as defined by the early church itself.

Fr. Michael has been married for 48 years to his High School Sweetheart, Ms. Debbie Ray Cawthon.  God has blessed them with two sons and daughter in-laws, and three (wonderful and fantastic) grandchildren.

While there are denomination variances in doctrines and in scripture interpretation, which sadly divide Christians, all Christians are united through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and we must move forward in “charity” one to another while boldly and clearly proclaiming the name of Jesus to the world.

May God purify His Church: where in error may He direct it, where in anything it is amiss, reform it.  Where it is right, establish it; where it is divided, reunite it (1928 Book of Common Prayer – Prayer for the Church.)

Fr. Michael lived through the many changes in the church from the 60’s forward and became frustrated, saddened, and deeply hurt with the many changes within Church, as they began to change doctrines and interpretations of Scripture.  Fr. Michael is committed to the Church established by the first generations of Christians which are defined in the Creeds, the early Church Fathers, and the canonized Scriptures.

Fr. Michael is married to his High School Sweetheart Ms. Debbie Cawthon, 47 years, and they have two sons and daughter in-laws, and three grandchildren.While variance in doctrine, and in scripture interpretation, can sadly divide Christians, Fr. Michael firmly believes that it is our Lord and Savior that unite us and that we as Christians, in “charity” to one another, must be faithful to our Lord as we all boldly proclaim the name of Jesus to the world.