November 26, 2020


ELCA-logoOn Saturday, Chaplain Mike was approved by the candidacy committee for assignment, call, and ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Thanks be to God!


  1. w00t!!!

    congrats, Mike! All the very best wishes to you as you move forward.

  2. Congrats Chaplain Mike!
    Greetings also to anyone on the candidacy committee who have been following this site to make sure he is on the level 🙂

    • Yep. He did it, “with the help of God,” as we like to say. I was there. Congratulations again, Mike. And be assured that both you and Carin B are in our prayers as you walk alongside that family in crisis whom the two of you were supporting this weekend at Hospice.

  3. Kudos, and God be with you.

  4. Congratulations, Reverend Mike.

  5. Congratulations, CM!

  6. That Other Jean says

    Congratulations! The candidacy committee got it right.

  7. Wonderful and well-deserved news, Chaplain Mike!

    • Congratulations, Chaplain Mike! Will you still be doing chaplaincy work?

      • Yes. At least until February. My name will go out to the bishops in the synods where I have indicated interest, and they will try to discern the needs of their churches and my gifts and see if and where there might be a fit. We will work with the synods and churches to discern if we would like to pursue any available opportunities. There is a chance that ongoing discernment will lead to me staying with hospice, or finding some combination of chaplaincy and congregational ministry.

        Much ground yet to be covered, but the formal preparation process is over.

  8. Chris Auten says

    Well done indeed………congrats!

  9. Congratulations! It’s been a long road.

  10. Congratulations and God’s abundant blessings, strength and wisdom for years of service – all glory to God!

  11. Congratulations. Wherever you land the folks will be blessed to have you.

  12. I thought you were already a Lutheran pastor.

    • No, Fr. Ernesto, I was ordained in a non-denominational church. For the past year and a half, I have been in the preparation process for ordination in a Lutheran church. I’ve just completed the process. In the Lutheran church, one does not get ordained until he/she receives a call from a congregation to be their pastor, so I won’t be officially ordained until that happens or, if God leads another way, when I seek special ordination as a chaplain.

  13. Congratulations Chaplain Mike. Best wishes for you on your continuing journey.

  14. wonderful news!
    God Bless your ministry, now and in the future.

  15. Congratulations. Good news indeed. The church will be richer for it. May our gracious God richly bless you, whichever direction your journey takes from here.

  16. Congratulations, Chaplain Mike, and may your path be blessed!

  17. congrads!! may God bless you

  18. Congratulations!

  19. It is done! Good job and congratulations.

  20. That’s wonderful, Chaplain Mike! You have worked long and hard to get to this point. Congratulations!

  21. Congratulations and God’s best to you as you continue to teach, write and serve.

  22. David Cornwell says

    Very good news indeed. Congratulations. I remember from my Methodist candidacy days just how grueling such a process can be.

  23. Dave Wagoner says

    A congregation is about to be very blessed to have you. Excellent news!

  24. Congrats Mike!!!!!

  25. Congratulations Mike, I am excited for your new adventure. I am sure it will be fruitful for you and for those you lead.

  26. Mike,
    May God continue to guide, bless, and minister in and through you and your family.

  27. Congratulations CM!

  28. Congratulations! It is a good day for your church body.

  29. Terry Mitchell says

    As the wife of a retired pastor who has served on a candidacy committee for many years, I also congratulate you and wish you well as your journey progresses. I have listened to him struggle and wrestle and rejoice over the candidates and I understand what you have been through. Godspeed!!!

  30. Congrats!