Michael was raised and educated in Rialto, California graduating from Eisenhower High School in 1977. As a student-athlete, he attended California State University at Los Angeles from 1977 – 1981 on a basketball scholarship. Unfortunately, he was also seduced by the streets of Los Angeles and spiraled deeply into some of the stereotypical dilemmas of big city life.
He tells us “I began abusing alcohol and drugs. Ultimately, I became involved in the criminal justice system. Although raised in the church and always a believer, I date my salvation to 1997, during my 7 ½ year incarceration in a Federal prison in Marianna, Florida.” Shortly after he was released from prison, he attended San Diego Christian College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development. From there, he went on to Capella University working towards a Master of Science degree in mental health counseling. After graduation from Capella University, he became a clinical associate working towards acquiring an LPCC licensure.
“I have taken a very non-traditional career path over the years. I was a Pile Driver doing heavy marine construction on the San Diego waterfront. I went on to become an associate pastor at an urban church. In 2018. I was then appointed to plant and pastor a church that I am currently pastoring. I also worked at the San Diego Rescue Mission as a Residential Advisor. A cache of life and professional experiences has prepared me to efficiently intervene in the lives of others, and has equipped me with a unique set of skills, a wealth of knowledge, and clinical expertise to aid others in developing life-long wellness.”
On December 3, 2017, we launched Winston Chapel AME Zion Church. Winston Chapel is a new church plant located in the City Heights section of San Diego, California
“I was called into the ministry in 2004 and received my first ordination in 2012. I then received my Elder’s orders in 2015. I served as an Associate Pastor at Logan Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in San Diego, California. In 2015, The Rt. Reverend W. Darrin Moore gave me a pastoral appointment to replant Winston Chapel AME Zion Church. This new opportunity led to the establishment of a ministry based on my heartfelt passion for feeding, clothing, and ministering to the needs of those who have been marginalized, disenfranchised, and disadvantaged in our society. It was then, we established the Homeless Outreach Program (HOP). As a former alcoholic and drug addict, who had been homeless and living on the streets of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino, California; I understand firsthand, what it means to feel broken, forgotten, alienated, and disadvantaged. On the road to sobriety, I faced insurmountable circumstances.
“Through the Gospel of Christ, Winston Chapel provides a life-changing ministry that includes supporting those who have been disenfranchised and marginalized, empowering the hopeless, and shepherding them towards establishing a firm relationship with God. A cache of life and professional experiences has prepared me to efficiently intervene in the lives of others.
“I am currently doing my fieldwork for a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Clinical Counseling from Capella University, where I will ultimately become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Therapist). I am currently employed at the San Diego Rescue Mission as a Residential Advisor in the Men’s Center.”
Michael is remarkable. He is the kind of person we learn from and are inspired by. Lifeologie is so thankful to have him as part of the team!