Director of Music Ministries & Organist
Michael is a native Western Pennsylvanian. He grew up in the Johnstown area (Windber), lived in Erie for 5 years, and now has been in Pittsburgh for 16 years. In his early teens, Michael felt that God was calling him to pursue a career in fulltime church music ministry. He has served churches in Johnstown (PA), Erie (PA), and for 16 years at Beulah Presbyterian in Pittsburgh (PA), until joining the ministry of Oakmont Presbyterian on June 1, 2010 as Director of Music Ministries and Organist. Michael’s appreciation for church music spans a variety of musical styles from the Classics to gospel and contemporary Christian.
Michael has a heart for worship. Whether it is in the planning for, or the leading of, the Worship of God is what is at the center. Helping people engage their whole being in worship is important. Encouraging the people’s song is of high importance. “I try to make the text come alive through the accompaniment – the style, registration, and tempo. I want to play in such a way that will convey the message of the text and that will encourage the congregation to participate and engage in worship. I want it to be so exciting that they can’t help but join in!” The hymns need to be an experience, not just something we do in worship!
Michael has a passion to help people discover and develop the gifts that God has placed within each person. He especially enjoys the opportunities to help folks find “their voice” and then to help develop that voice, as it gives an expression of their faith and their offering of praise to God.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys listening to choral and organ music (surprise!), as well as jazz and the classics. He loves to spend time with friends and share a fine dinner together. He has a weakness for anything chocolate and a fixation with the Weather Channel. His perfect idea of a vacation is a trip to the beach and he even enjoys a good storm now and then!
You may reach Michael via:
or office phone, 412.828.5770, ext. 306