Biographical Sketch: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
Since 1994, the Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson has served as general secretary of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), a Protestant denomination whose presence in the United States began in the 1620s.
During Granberg-Michaelson's tenure as general secretary, the RCA has implemented a visionary plan for revitalization and church development, built on its historic commitments to mission, outreach, and education and on innovative new approaches to leadership development and models for new churches. During that same time, Granberg-Michaelson has kept the RCA squarely within its core commitment to a wider expression of the Christian faith, serving as the first board chair of Call to Renewal, a broadly ecumenical movement linking faith and justice, and as interim moderator in the founding of Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT-USA), the first ecumenical organization in the United States to include churches and leaders from five Christian families--Evangelical/Pentecostal, Historic Protestant, Historic Racial/Ethnic, Orthodox, and Catholic.
A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Granberg-Michaelson graduated from Hope College in 1967. He served for eight years on the staff of U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon, and then for four years as managing editor of Sojourners magazine. During that time, he was a member of Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C., which shaped much of his understanding of how commitment, spiritual growth, small groups, and social witness shape the life of the local congregation.
In 1984, Granberg-Michaelson completed his theological education at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. With his wife, Karin, he then founded and served as president of the New Creation Institute in Missoula, Montana, working on issues of Christian responsibility for the environment as well as the church's role in healing and health.
Prior to becoming general secretary of the RCA, Granberg-Michaelson served for six years as director of Church and Society for the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland (1988-1994). His responsibilities also included serving as moderator of the task force on relations with evangelicals, with the goal of strengthening links between the WCC and evangelical communities around the world.
Granberg-Michaelson is the author of four books, most recently Leadership from Inside Out: Spirituality and Organizational Change (Crossroad, 2004) and numerous magazine articles, which have appeared in publications such as Perspectives, Sojourners, Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and Ecumenical Review. He also serves on the steering committee of a new ecumenical initiative, the Global Christian Forum.
Granberg-Michaelson's wife, Karin, is an ordained minister in the RCA and the daughter of Lars Granberg, former president of Northwestern College. They have two children, Jonkrister and Karis.