Michael Adam Beck is an anairetoi. In Ancient Rome, this was a child saved from the trash heap…“a picked-up one.” Abandoned by his biological mother, biological father unknown, his grandparents died when he was young. He became a street kid, ninth-grade drop-out, and repeat felon. He was “picked up” by the local Methodist church and nurtured in a community of love and forgiveness.
Today, Reverend Dr. Michael Beck is the Director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Theological Seminary, Director of Remissioning for Fresh Expressions US, and Cultivator of Fresh Expressions Florida UMC. Michael and his wife, Jill, are co-pastors of Wildwood/St Marks UMCs and a network for 13 fresh expressions gatherings in tattoo parlors, dog parks, burrito joints, and digital spaces.