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.

Prayer Letter, March 2015

March 4, 2015

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” – Mark 8:34 Dear Friend, Jesus never sugar-coated the truth about what it would cost to follow him. He was straightforward about his path leading through self-denial and straight to the cross. And yet, he assured his listeners, […]

Prayer Letter, February 2015

February 4, 2015

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. – Psalm 111:10 Dear Friends, I’ve spent much of my time recently with pastors, seeking their input as TCF develops a program that will help churches to use conflict engagement as an opportunity for discipleship. I’m […]


January 30, 2015

The Colossian Forum’s work was recently recognized by a brief mention in Time magazine. In her article “A Change of Heart,” author Elizabeth Dias writes that we’re working with Justin Lee and Alan Chambers to “help evangelicals warm to the gay conversation.” This comment is so brief—and so easily misunderstood—that we thought we’d take a […]

Prayer Letter, January 2015

January 7, 2015

  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:15 Dear Friend, Happy New Year! As we prepare for all that 2015 holds in store, I’m deeply grateful for John’s reminder of the profound hope that is ours. Even on those days when we feel like darkness may […]

Prayer Letter, December 2014

December 4, 2014

… the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you–so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift… -1 Corinthians 1: 6-7 Dear Friends, Your prayers have been generously answered this year, as we’ve seen God at work, transforming conflict and division into profound gifts for his body. Christ’s testimony has been strengthened in […]

Prayer Letter, November 2014

November 5, 2014

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. – Psalm 34:3 Dear Friends, As I write today, I am thanking God for you. Your prayers on behalf of TCF are being answered in remarkable ways, and I am humbled and grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement. During this month, […]

Prayer Letter, October 2014

October 9, 2014

But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Psalm 19:12 Our work at TCF is continually framed by prayer and Scripture, and as we worship we frequently find ourselves drawn to the Psalms. We rejoice to participate in praise with the Psalmist, and we gratefully find our own sorrows taken up in […]

Another welcome!

September 19, 2014

I am pleased to announce the addition of Craig Schrotenboer to The Colossian Forum team. Craig joins us as Director of Operations, bringing with him extensive operational experience with Herman Miller, Davenport University, Youth For Christ, and KIDS HOPE USA. Craig’s skills and gifts are already helping TCF to become more efficient and effective as […]