Mike is a native of Baltimore, MD. Raised in a loving home, Mike first realized God loved him when a neighbor invited him to Vacation Bible School. He gave his life to the Lord as a teen, and has seen God's faithfulness and grace throughout his life. Mike's passion is creating a healthy environment for every person to become who God created us to be.
Prior to coming to Avon Grove in December, 2002, Mike served as Chaplain, Director of the Center for Spiritual Development and Associate Professor at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. At Eastern Nazarene he directed the college's many spiritual life programs, including: traditional and contemporary worship services, Bible studies and discipleship groups, missions trips to Central and South America and Europe, student ministry teams, and campus and community ministry. His teaching responsibilities included courses in Christianity and contemporary culture, spiritual formation, youth ministry, and marriage and family life.
He has spoken throughout the United States and Europe on issues of young adult spiritual formation and faith development, postmodernism, parenting, and healthy marriage and family life. Rev. Schutz was the founding director of the Brickley Counseling Center on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College, and has over 25 years experience as a pastoral counselor. During his ministry career, Mike has been active in numerous cross-denominational ministry efforts, working with Protestant and Catholic believers to share God's love and grace, and to promote biblical principles of evangelism, peace, and social justice.
Mike was educated at Eastern Nazarene College, The Ohio State University, Boston University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston College, Andover-NewtonTheological School, and Nazarene Theological Seminary.
At Avon Grove Mike's ministry includes preaching, teaching, pastoral care and counseling, leadership, and community connection. He is actively involved in the Avon Grove Ministerium, and serves on the board of The Garage Youth Center in West Grove
Mike is married to Esther, who is a high school music teacher at Avon Grove Charter School. They have two great young adult children.