Michael received his B.A. (International Relations/Religion/Politics) from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1988. From there, he went on to receive his M.A. (International Affairs) from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey (1991) and his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois (1997). In addition to his work at Westkirk, Michael was on the founding committee and is a past director on the Urbandale Food Pantry Board. He also serves on the Pastoral Advisory Board of Joshua Christian Academy in downtown Des Moines and on the selection committee of the GuideOne Foundation’s Insurance Scholarship for ministerial students. He has previously been a volunteer tutor for students at Maple Street Baptist Church in downtown Des Moines, an active Scouter, and a member of the Board of Alumni Directors at Cornell College, where he received the Leadership & Service Award from the college in 2013. Michael can be heard weekdays at Noon CT on 99.3 The Truth Network during True Blue, the teaching/talk program that features his preaching.
Michael and his wife, Sasha, celebrated 25 years of marriage in 2014. They live only five minutes away from Westkirk in Clive, Iowa, with their four sons: Micah, Jonah, Nathanael, and Isaiah. Sasha is an active part of her family’s local business, Hamilton’s Funeral Home & After Life Services, where she serves as vice president. She has collaborated with local author Margaret Holmes on three children’s books related to grief and trauma, including A Terrible Thing Happened. She is a requested speaker, trainer, and counselor with children and has presented at the International Network of Children’s Ministry conferences in Kansas City and Atlanta.
The Mudlaffs enjoy the arts, bike rides, sports, traveling, reading books together, and going to “the lake.”