Ann Michel is a seminary-educated layperson who has served in the professional ministry since 1994. She joined the staff of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership in January, 2005, as associate director. Previously, she served on the senior staff of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (the National Church of United Methodism), most recently as director of mission and outreach. She has experience in a wide range of ministries, including evangelism, communications, adult education, stewardship, women's programs, homeless ministries, and world service. Early in her career, Dr. Michel worked in government relations.
Ann Michel blogs at www.in-ministry-together.com on issues related to lay staff ministry inthe United Methodist church and on an inclusive theology of ministry that embraces the work of lay and ordained servants.
- Doctor of Ministry in church leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 2011
- Master of Theological Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 2000.
- Bachelor of Science in Speech, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1980.
- "Fostering a Culture that Engages Laity as Theological Decision Makers", Circuit Rider, May/June/July 2008
- "Young Clergy Speak", Circuit Rider, March-April 2006.
- "Working a New Frontier of Theological Education", United Methodist Reporter, Oct. 15, 2009
- "Towards a Compelling Theology of Lay Ministry", Leading Ideas
- "Making Church Matter for Youth", Leading Ideas
- "Defining Congregational Effectiveness", Leading Ideas
- Metropolitan House Homeless Ministry, Washington, DC. A founding director and current board member.
- United Methodist Women. Has held office at the local, district and conference level.
- St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Potomac, Maryland. Board of Trustees Member, 2007-2010. Vice Chair of the Board, 2009 - 2010. Chair of the Touchstone Endowment Campaign, 2008-2010.
- Awarded a Benjamin E. Cooper Advocacy Award by the Community Council for the Homeless, October 2009, for Service to the Homeless.
- Received the St. Andrews's Episcopal School Parents Association Leadership and Service Award for 2010.