Where there is a lively theological discussion or a newly connected technological device, Michael is most likely nearby. Smart Church Project pairs these twin loves of the church and technology and has led Michael to seek new ways to help churches bridge the gap between theology and the rapidly expanding availability of communication tools. During the day, Michael serves as an ordained teaching elder at First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake, IA, where he leads the youth and families ministries and, during the night, he hosts the What(ever) is True? podcast and lives a grand adventure with his wife and two beautiful children.
While he tries to avoid the word “obsessed” and prefers terms like “dedication” or “love,” Bryan’s life has been one of passionate (obsessive) engagement and trying to bring those passions into conversation with each other. Early in his life he developed a love of technology (imagine the young teenager with an intro programming book trying to make flashy text on a geocities site). While this love of technology lead to countless sleepless nights, instead of directly pursuing a career in technology, he pursued his love of the church with an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.A. from the University of Kansas. In Smart Church Project he found a career that did not force him to choose between the two different things that brought him so much life. Instead, everyday he is able to use his love of technology for the betterment of the church. When not buried by books or immersed in code, Bryan enjoys spending time with his lovely wife exploring the great wilds of the Kansas landscape.