Rev. J. Michael Matkin


J. Michael Matkin has a degree in history from the University of Tulsa and did graduate work in early church history at Regent College in Vancouver. Prior to being received into the Episcopal Church, Michael worked for twenty years in ministry in Pentecostal and evangelical churches including four church planting teams. In 2004 he founded The Brendan Center, an urban missional center in downtown Bellingham, Washington. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Gnostic Gospels and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Early Christianity.

Michael’s partner in crime for almost thirty years is his wife Christine, a pharmacist. Their oldest daughter Emily will be attending Texas A&M in the fall and their youngest, Elaina, is in high school. When he is not at home being outnumbered you can often find Michael in the nearest coffee shop looking for a good conversation. He is an avid player of tabletop games, an unrepentant lover of all things scifi & fantasy and perpetually failing to learn how to play guitar. 

Most of all he loves sitting alone or with others in silence, listening for questions and prayerfully waiting on the Lord’s presence. Michael is eagerly looking forward to serving as the Curate at Emmanuel and coming alongside the mission of the community.

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