Congregational leader of Shomair Yisrael

Michael was raised in the Conservative Synagogue, B’nai Israel, in Pensacola, Florida. He always had a strong Jewish identity. In the Boy Scouts of America he received the Ner Tamid award given to Jewish scouts who complete the requirements. In high school he was president of the BBYO chapter, a part of the Cotton States region in district 7. In college he served as president of the Masada chapter at the University of Houston. Masada is the college youth arm of the Zionist Organization of America. In 1976 Michael and Ann were married in Houston by a rabbi from Port Arthur, TX.

In 1982, Michael and his wife Ann were immersed in the Mikvah (Baptized) after the Messianic Jewish service at Ohev Yisrael. Our daughters have a firm foundation in Messianic Judaism and understand the value of being connected to the recognizably Jewish part of the body of the Messiah. We served as deacons at Ohev Yisrael for about 8 years. Then in 1997, just before Yom Kippur we founded Shomair Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation. It means Watchmen (or guardian) of Israel. Now in our 13th year we are amazed at the growth, both in numbers and in community. The Lord has brought the most wonderful people to serve Him with us. We are eternally grateful.

Serving Tikkun America:

  • Tikkun America Apostolic Team