Before answering Gods call on Michael’s life, he was hopelessly addicted to crack-cocaine for nearly a decade. After entering into a Christian Recovery Center, Michael encountered the powerful love of Jesus. He was transformed! His testimony was even featured on the 700 Club, which airs on the CBN network. After completing the program, God called Michael to school where, he met his wife, Amber Thornton. In May 2012, Michael received a Masters degree in Public Administration/Non-profit Organizations at Regent University.
During this time, God began to stir Michael’s heart to see citywide transformation through re-digging historic wells of revival. His passion for helping cities unlock their revival inheritance has produced two books: Fire in the Carolinas & Igniting Cities.
Besides writing about revival in the past, Michael and his ignite family have also established the Jesus Tent as an expressing for revival now! With a mandate to help transform entire cities, the Jesus Tent is a unique movement that labors to build day & night prayer, provide citywide love feasts, and send fourth missionaries into local projects and neighborhoods.
Michael currently lives in Leland, N.C. with his wife, Amber and their five beautiful children. He serves as an outreach pastor at Global River Church and Director of Ignite Ministries.