Meet the Clergy 2019-07-03T14:48:10+00:00

The Clergy

The Clergy

Anglican Province of America

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After spending over 30 years in the steel industry (from loading trucks to leading a great manufactures representative company) Mike realized that his life had an emptiness which could only be filled by serving more fully his Lord.  After spending years at St. Michael’s as a parishioner and serving on its “Vestries” and as “Sr. Warden” all while performing yard maintenance (oh- how he loved his John Deere), he finally entered into the Province’s Discernment program, which changed his life forever. After “discernment” Mike moved 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” then became known as Fr. “Michael” once ordained a Deacon in 2013.  Fr. Michael was Priested in 2014, and was instituted as the Rector of St. Michael the Archangel in 2015.

Fr. Michael is assisted by Fr. George Harding, Retired.  Our Priests and Parish 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

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” then became known as Fr. “Michael” once ordained a Deacon in 2013.  Fr. Michael was Priested in 2014, and was instituted as the Rector of St. Michael the Archangel in 2015.

Fr. Michael is assisted by Fr. George Harding, Retired.  Our Priests and Parish 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.

Many people lived through the 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.  As the new 1979  Book of Common Prayer was introduced 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 Christ 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.)

Many people lived through the 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.  As the new 1979  Book of Common Prayer was introduced 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 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 Christ  to the world.