Mike Gilbertson has been a life-long reader and user of the Bible, as well as an active adult Christian educator. He served as lay leader, worship committee chair, and in many other leadership roles in a local United Methodist Church (Calvary UMC) in Latham, New York. He later served as a deacon at Metropolitan Community Church of New York, and now attends Arch Street United Methodist Church.
Mike has been using Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings as part of his daily devotions for more than five years. He is a strong believer in the value of the Revised Common Lectionary as a tool for making disciples. He believes that as disciples, we strive to live lives that make a difference in the world.
As a United Methodist, Mike taught Disciple I and Disciple II., both courses of over 30 weeks that require daily scripture reading. As a member of Metropolitan Community Church he taughtCreating a Life that Matters, a course that identified many leaders of the New York congregation.
He completed UMC's lay speaker (now called lay servant) training in 1994, and was certified to teach Disciple I in 1996 and Disciple II in 1997. He was certified by MCC in 2008 to teach Creating a Life that Matters. He completed courses at Payne Theological Seminary's former Albany extension site and in Philadelphia's Alternative Seminary.
In addition to his church activities, Mike is a past president of the Latham Kiwanis Club, was an active volunteer EMT with the North Colonie Ambulance Squad, and acted and directed in amateur theatre as a member of the Footlighters. He serves as a member of the William Way Community Center's Out and Faithful Committee.
Mike moved to Philadelphia in 2009 to be near his daughter and granddaughter.