Michael Michie with Gay Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, in 2015 • St. Andrew’s Church/Facebook • bit.ly/2vF6z0g

The Rev. Michael Michie, longtime rector of St. Andrew’s in McKinney, Texas, will become the Episcopal Church’s staff officer for church planting infrastructure.

The position is part of the Church Planting and Mission Development Department, which oversees the creation of a network for planting congregations, recruiting and training church planters, and establishing new ministries throughout the church.

“Mike is highly respected and deeply engaged in the work of church planting, and I cannot imagine a better person to join the team,” said the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation. “His experience as a successful church planter, his enthusiasm for the Jesus Movement, and his relationships with ministry partners in this area are all a gift.”

“I come to this incredible opportunity with a fresh experience of what it takes to start an Episcopal church from scratch and get it to sustainability,” Michie said. “I believe God is reviving our church. The apostolic planting of new works must be a vital part of our contribution to the Jesus Movement.”

Michie will be based in Texas and begins his new work on Sept. 11.

Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs