The Very Rev. Dr. Neal Michell

Job Title: 

Visiting Professor for Pastoral Ministry



DMin,Fuller Seminary; MDiv, School of Theology, University of the South; JD, University of Houston Law Center; BA, cum laud, University of Texas at Austin


Dean Michell went to an Episcopal Church during elementary school, in Jr. and Sr. High School attended evangelical churches, and in college was re-introduced to Anglicanism while in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship through C.S. Lewis, John Stott, J.I. Packer, and Thomas Howard. 

A former criminal defense lawyer in his prior life, Neal has served The Episcopal Church in numerous capacities: as rector of three churches in the Diocese of West Texas and as a church planter in West Tennessee; Canon for Strategic Development, Canon to the Ordinary, and Prebendary in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas (yes, Prebendary); and as Dean of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas, TX. In addition, he served as Dean of the Stanton Center for Ministry and taught Anglican Church History there for six years. He has served as Deputy to five General Conventions, served on the numerous General Convention committees, and was chair of the State of the Church Committee as well as Delegate to Province VII Synod numerous times. 

He has led conferences and workshops in over 30 national and foreign dioceses, mostly in leadership and congregational development and numerous vestry rereats and church consultations. Additionally, he has served on twelve short-term mission trips to Mexico, Honduras, Peru, Ukraine, and South Africa. He has written two books, "How to Hit the Ground Running: A Quick-Start Guide for Congregations with New Leadership" and "Beyond Business as Usual: Vestry Leadership Development", both published by Church Publishing. He has written articles for several publications, including The Living Church,  and is a regular contributor to the Covenant blog and is a board member of The Anglican Digest.

Dean Michell has been married to Varita for 41 years; they have four adult children and three grandchildren. Finally, he is a strong believer in the Oxford comma.





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