Michael Gulker

Michael Gulker is President of The Colossian Forum. Michael has a longstanding interest in the intersection of faith and culture and how both thrive best when rooted in worship. A native of West Michigan, he studied philosophy and theology at Calvin College, has a divinity degree from Duke and is an ordained Mennonite pastor. Before coming to the Forum, Michael served as pastor of Christ Community Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He and his wife Jodie have two young children.

A Journey of Transformation and Hope

February 4, 2016

“And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”  – 2 Corinthians 3:18 Dear Friends, As we move into the season of Lent during […]

Mourning with those who mourn

January 19, 2016

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. This past weekend, our dear friend and colleague Craig Schrotenboer’s youngest daughter Chelsea Overbeeke unexpectedly passed away. Chelsea suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage last Thursday and died early Sunday morning. She is survived by her husband Anthony in […]

Prayer Letter, January 2016

January 5, 2016

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” – Matthew 2:9-10 Hello Friends, Happy New Year! […]

Prayer Letter, December 2015

December 9, 2015

“People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”  – Luke 21:26-27 Dear Friends, My kids love Christmas music. I’d like to say their tastes are […]

Thanksgiving for Christ the King

November 20, 2015

As we come upon the holiday (holy-day) season, Thanksgiving has traditionally been a time to give thanks for the many blessings God has lavished upon us. More recently, however, it has become the last day before Black Friday. Thanksgiving for God’s abundance is replaced by violent conflicts over the last [fill in the blank] on […]

Prayer Letter, October 2015

October 7, 2015

The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed…” – James 5:15-16 Dear Friends, In their book, Church Refugees, Josh Packard and […]

Prayer Letter, September 2015

September 2, 2015

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore. – Psalm 125:2 Dear Friends, Just for a moment, step with me into the shoes of the Israelites as they settle the Promised Land. Threatened by mounting pressures on all sides, they daily face a choice to rely […]

Prayer Letter, August 2015

August 12, 2015

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. – Psalm 51:1 Dear Friends, We all know the feeling of getting it wrong, that sinking sense that we’ve missed an opportunity—or worse—perhaps hurt someone we love. These are moments we dread, but they are also moments we desperately need. For it is only […]