Mike Solberg became our Sr. Minister in July of 2013. Mike is committed to pastoral ministry because he believes that congregations are the primary vehicle God has given us to participate in God’s work in the world. Mike says living as a Christian is joyful, challenging, peace-filled, confusing, comforting, blessed, and risky, and he seeks to be with, and guide, people in the midst of it all.
Mike has lived in northern Illinois most of his life. He and his wife, Janine, have two children, Henry and Muriel, both in their young adult years, leaving only the canine and feline dependents at home in La Grange Park. Mike has run many marathons, done two Ironman Triathlons, and swam the English Channel, with the later effort raising over $80,000 to build a school in Waku Kungo, Angola. The school is now educating about 800 students who would otherwise receive little or no education.
Mike graduated from the University of Illinois (B.A.), Duke University Divinity School (M.Div.), and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D.Min.). Probably more importantly, he has read lots of Jane Austen, all the Harry Potter books, and most of what Stanley Hauerwas has published.
Along with the whole congregation of Union Church of Hinsdale (UCC), Mike would love to welcome you at worship on Sunday morning. He is also happy to field questions from all, church members or not, talk through problems, assure you of God’s love, and draw you into the wonderful life of being a follower of Jesus.
Finally, Mike invites you to enjoy this fabulous quote:
“Christ is a persuasion, a form evoking desire, and the whole force of the gospel depends upon the assumption that this persuasion is also peace: that the desire awakened by the shape of Christ and his church is one truly reborn as agape, rather than merely the way in which a lesser force succumbs to a greater, as an episode in the endless epic of power.”
― David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth
Rev. J. Michael Solberg