Rev. Michael Beck is Director of Re-Missioning for Fresh Expressions US, and Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Michael serves as co-pastor of Wildwood UMC with his wife Jill, where they direct addiction recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, and a network of thirteen fresh expressions that meet in places like tattoo parlors, dog parks, and burrito joints. Michael earned a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and is concluding a Doctorate in Semiotics and Future Studies at Portland Seminary with his mentor Dr. Leonard Sweet. He is the author of Deep Roots, Wild Branches: Revitalizing the Church in the Blended Ecology. Jill and Michael currently live in Wildwood with their blended family of eight children, four grandchildren, and two pugs, Vader and Ferdinand.
Michael was recently featured on the Monday Morning Pastor Podcast with Doug Moister and J.R. Briggs. He shared about his personal story of redemption, some soul care practices, denominational pressures, and his passion for seeing people come to Jesus. He also talks about his work with Fresh Expressions US—in short: church in tattoo parlors, yoga studios, Moe’s, and dog parks.
Check it out here