Father Michael Smith was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2016, but has ministered in worship related roles for more than thirty years. A cradle Episcopalian, Father Michael launched into interdenominational ministries in 1987 with Covenant Players, a theatrical ministry. He met his wife, Heather-Beth, in CP; their common Anglican roots were part of their initial bond. Michael continued to serve in Presbyterian, Baptist, Christian Reformed, and various non-denominational ministries up until 2010, when he began his journey back into Anglicanism.
“I was mostly fulfilled in my ministry life, but somehow felt there was still a piece missing,” Father Michael recounts. “At last the Lord has drawn me back to Anglican liturgy and worship, helping me to realize that this was a vital part of my worldview since my earliest days. It’s always been a part of my design in ministry and my identity in Christ.”
The study and practice of worship has been a primary focus in Father Michael’s ministry and life. For him, worship is about much more than music and singing – it’s about consistent connection to the presence of God.
“In our work, our play, our rising and our resting, we always need to be mindful of His presence, listening for His voice. We are created to glorify God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Everything we do should honor Him.”