Pastor Michael Sawicki, one of Midland Noon Rotary’s newest members, grew up on a farm in rural Michigan near Port Huron. His ministry took him elsewhere before he was able to return to Michigan, where has been pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Midland since 2013.
Michael earned a B.A. from Adrian College and a Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. His pastoral experience over the past 18 years has included a tiny church in the hills of Kentucky, a rural church that doubled its weekly worship attendance, a new church start, and his current position.
Throughout his ministry, Michael has been an active Rotarian in several different communities, so when he was invited to join our club by Rotarians Paul White and Dr. Douglas Jackson, he was happy to renew his involvement. Michael says what he appreciates most about Rotary are the Polio Plus program and the Youth Exchange opportunity.
“Through the Rotary Club, I know that my support for the eradication of polio is an excellent investment with real results. Also, as a host family, I have seen first hand the benefits of the youth exchange program, both to my own family and the youth we hosted.”
Michael has been married to his college sweetheart, Patty, for 18 years, and they have two daughters, Hannah and FaithAnne. Together, they enjoy camping and biking. Michael’s hobbies also include flying — he earned his private pilot’s certification one month after graduating from high school, and flies a 1959 Cessna 150 — as well as woodworking, general carpentry and meeting new people.
“My passion is to help people achieve their highest potential by discovering their inherent worth and equipping them to build lasting meaningful relationships,” he adds.