The Rev. Mike Angell is the 13th rector of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. He began his tenure in March of 2015, and has led Holy Communion through a period of intentional growth and development.
Mike’s book “How Can I Live Peacefully with Justice? was released in August of 2020. Mike is a recipient of the Bishop John Hines’ award for preaching. He serves on the board for Cristosal, a human rights organization based in El Salvador. Before accepting his current call, Mike served on the Presiding Bishop’s staff as the church-wide Missioner for Young Adult & Campus Ministries. For three years after seminary, Mike was Assistant Rector at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, Washington DC. At St. John’s, he led justice and outreach ministries, young adult ministries, and also served as primary priest for the Spanish-speaking congregation.
Mike comes from a long line of Episcopalians and was baptized in his home parish, St. Paul’s in Lakewood Colorado. His mother (also an Episcopal priest) and his father (an attorney) are both retired and live in the Denver area. Mike gets back to Colorado to ski or hike pretty regularly. He is especially fond of Winter Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Mike graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in theology. During his undergraduate coursework he completed additional studies at Oxford University and ITESO: the Jesuit University of Guadalajara, Mexico. His Masters in Divinity came from The Virginia Theological Seminary, where he is also currently studying for a Doctorate in Ministry. In seminary he was a grant fellow of the Episcopal Evangelism Society, studying the intersections of evangelism and community organizing. Between college and Seminary, Mike served for a year with the Young Adult Service Corps of The Episcopal Church at a foster home and school Tegucigalpa, Honduras and then spent two years planting a campus ministry at the University of California, San Diego.
Mike is an enthusiastic traveler, ukulele player, and reader. You can often find him running in Tower Grove park, swimming, cycling to work, or practicing yoga at a local studio. He particularly enjoys reading the theology of Jon Sobrino and Kelly Brown Douglas, the fiction of Madeleine L’Engle, and the poetry of Nayyirah Waheed and Mary Oliver.
Mike and his husband Ellis Anderson were married in Washington DC in 2013. They had their civil marriage blessed at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis in May of 2015. Ellis is a certified teacher and English Language Learning Specialist, currently pursuing a master’s degree in Library Science. Ellis and Mike are the proud parents of Silas. Their family is rounded out by a sweet Labradoodle named Oscar.