Michael is an executive in a missions organization where he leads a team focused on training and empowering local believers and church leaders in evangelism, discipleship, leadership, and catalyzing church planting movements in the most difficult to reach places on the planet. After launching a “church planting movement” in Romania in the 1990s, Michael completed his graduate studies in missions at Columbia International University then moved to northern Illinois to work on a doctor of philosophy in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In the midst of his research on religious movements, he accepted a faculty position at the college and graduate school where he helped prepare undergraduate and graduate students to engage culture with the gospel. He has equipped church planters in North America, Europe, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Michael loves to combine missiological research with solid missiological practice in order to effectively communicate the intersection of the story of God and the story of cultures in the anticipation that people from every tribe, nation, and language will one day worship their Creator.