About Michael

A life-long gambler turned pastor and author, I’m working to reach the lost in the Bible Belt and other ‘christiany’ cultures as a missionary to both the unreached and the ‘reached’; those that have missed the point of the gospel, been hurt by the church, or want to be freed from moralism. I’m passionate about infecting other churches with elevating faithfulness over an emphasis on excellence and pursuing restoration over amputation. I am currently the pastor at Friendship Community Church, just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

As a publisher, author, and consultant at Hungry Planet, I run an independent publishing imprint and communications company with my wife that’s produced over 20 bestsellers and sold 1.4 million books. I help authors, publishers, churches, and organizations reach a visually-engaged culture. Specifically, I create innovative ideas that connect faith and real life through sermons and books for a post-literate culture (people that can, but don’t like to read.)

I’ve also authored or co-authored a number of books including Die YoungOwn ItAlmost SexIndependence DayGod GuyDevotions for the God Guy, the God Guy Devotional Bible and the 2010 Christian Book of the Year for Youth- B4UD8 (Before You Date.) I am married to an even more bestselling author, Hayley DiMarco, and father to our daughter.

My background includes a degree in mass communication, hosting talk radio, coaching volleyball at the university level, working as a teacher/presenter at the largest Bible software company in the world, and stints as a marketing and creative strategist for some of the largest organizations and ministries around.

Raised in Oregon, now in Nashville, TN, I travel extensively speaking to and about the next generation and the role of faith in their lives.

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I hope we can get to know each other better in a non-creepy yet spiritually beneficial way; living long and prospering in the depths of God’s grace!

I blog about faith, parenting, relationships, leadership, confession, and everyday life oftentimes with a humorous edge. Sometimes deeply devotional, sometimes just cheeky fun. Always with transparency, honesty, and wit. Check it out here.

I write books for teens and adults on the Christian life and a number of them are CBA/ECPA bestsellers. In collaboration with my wife Hayley, we’ve written over forty books, a number of bible studies, and even a couple of devotional bibles. Check out my most recent works here.

I enjoy speaking at churches, retreats, conferences, and camps. Whether it’s one speaking slot at a large conference or helping plan a whole weekend, I’ve done it. I’d be honored to help you meet your spiritual goals for your event. You can see video clips and get more info here.