Michael is an ordained Baptist minister with over 30 years' experience working with congregations and other non-profit religious organizations, health care providers, and educational institutions. He has served congregations in Alabama and Louisiana in the role associate pastor with responsibilities in the areas of faith formation, pastoral care, and administration. In 2005, the Diocese of Catholics in Birmingham engaged him to conduct a study and write a proposal to revitalize Holy Family Catholic High School in Ensley. The successful proposal led to Holy Family becoming the first deep-south Catholic High School to adopt the ‘Cristo Rey’ model of a college-prep, work-study curriculum that targets low income students, most of whom are African-American. Prior to coming to the Center in 2006, Wilson was a hospice chaplain.
He is a 1979 graduate of Samford University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received the Master of Religious Education degree in 1982. He earned a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education in 2005 and specialized training in financial development at The Fund Raising School of Indiana University/Perdue University in Indianapolis in 2008. He is also a certified facilitator of Peter Steinke’s Healthy Congregations curriculum for use in churches.
Michael and his family are members of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church where he teaches a Sunday School class of middle-age adults.