Michael Steward is the Children’s Pastor at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. He and his wife Kirstin have been married for 22 years and have four children, Kaleigh, Jakob, Alec, and Benjamin. Both Michael and Kirstin started their stories just outside of the Windy City of Chicago, but grew up and met in the sunshiny state of Florida.
Following in the footsteps of Dr. Billy Graham, Michael attended Trinity Bible College in Florida and went on to continue his studies at Liberty University. It was during an internship while at Trinity that the Lord pressed upon Michael’s heart a sincere passion for reaching children and their families for Christ. A few simple weeks volunteering in the children’s ministry and he was hooked!
Michael has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years now, serving in churches in Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia. Whether it’s letting kids dye his hair fire engine red (before that was cool to do, and yes, it was permanent!), being transformed into a chocolate sundae, kissing a goat, getting covered with slime, hugging a pig, or simply jumping into a tank of nasty old food, Michael has a heart to do whatever it takes to reach kids where they are and turn their gaze to the One who truly loves them to infinity and beyond, the Lord Jesus Christ.
In his spare time Michael enjoys watching cars make continuous left hand turns in the NASCAR series, and catching flicks at the theater. He is also an avid reader and loves to do so while munching on brownies fresh from the oven.