Pastor

Michael Coffey

pastor@felcaustin.org

Michael Coffey is the 5th pastor of FELC and has been serving since 2008.  He also was the 26th vicar at FELC in 1991-92.  Prior to serving at FELC, he was the pastor of First Lutheran Church in Burnet, Texas (1994-1999) and the associate pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas (1999-2008).

Pastor Coffey writes:

I graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1993.  My undergraduate degree is in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana. I am married to Kathryn Coffey, who is an architect. We have two sons, Colin and Liam.

My major areas of interest in ministry and theology are

  • the ongoing development of liturgy and ritual
  • Old Testament theology
  • the contemporary relevance of a theology of the cross
  • masculine spirituality and male initiation rites
  • developing a catechumenate ministry for spiritual formation of those new or returning to the church
  • exploring spiritual and theological themes in film
  • cooking and the way food creates community.

In my free time (when is that??), I enjoy playing piano, home remodeling, brewing beer, computers and technology, and composing liturgical music and hymns, writing poetry and reflections for my blog. I watch entirely too much cable news and depend on Stephen Colbert to help keep my sense of humor about it.

My book, “Mystery without Rhyme or Reason: Poetic Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary,” was published in 2015 by Wipf & Stock Publishers, with a foreword by Walter Brueggemann.

You can visit my blog at www.ocotillopub.org.