Michael Bare

Michael joined the staff in 2016. Before his current position with us, he served as the Creative Arts & Communications Pastor, and Home Groups Director, of a large church in the Des Moines, IA, area. Prior to that, he was the owner/operator of a solo law practice in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.


As one of the pastors on staff, Michael is primarily tasked with encouraging our family to embrace a lifestyle of worship. He walks us through a narrative-based liturgy each Sunday morning as a way of equipping us to live within that same framework the rest of the week. In addition, he also leads a Gospel Community, coaches one of our Gospel Community Regions, oversees the Creative and Song Sift teams, and manages our website, podcast, and social media channels.


He is married to Leah, and has four children. He is a graduate of Wheaton College (BA 2003) and Valparaiso University (MA 2007, JD 2008), and a residency coach for a missional training agency called Forge America.