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, September 2014

September 4, 2014

Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5 In this week’s lectionary reading, Moses steps off the path to investigate a perplexing sight: a bush that burns but is not consumed. As he approaches, he hears a warning, and [...]


August 22, 2014

I am pleased to welcome Andy Saur to the staff of TCF. He brings a strong professional background and deep personal interest to his role of Executive Assistant. Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Wheaton College, and a diploma in Entertainment Business Management from Vancouver Film School. In the short time he’s been with us, [...]

A sad farewell

July 31, 2014

It is with sadness that I announce the upcoming departure of Brian Cole, Director of Operations. When Brian joined The Colossian Forum in July of 2012, TCF was a simple two-person organization ready to grow in complexity, scope and professionalism. Due to his professionalism, hard work and personal integrity, Brian helped TCF mature from a [...]

Prayer Letter – May 2014

May 8, 2014

When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten;but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.-1 Peter 2:23 The work that we do at TCF is grounded in an Easter hope. Christ’s death reminds us that sacrifice and suffering are central to a faithful life, while [...]

Prayer Letter, February 2014

January 30, 2014

Dear friends of TCF, This week’s lectionary reading includes Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” – a sometimes perplexing passage that presents a striking vision of life in God’s kingdom. Jesus describes the counterintuitive fruit of faithfulness: loss becomes gain, poverty becomes wealth, emptiness is filled to overflowing. His words confront our everyday ways of seeing, [...]

Prayer Letter – January 2014

January 6, 2014

…that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known…                                                                              [...]

Geology, Darwinism, and a New Vocabulary

December 16, 2013

At one of our TCF Discovery Events this fall, I was introduced to a biology teacher from a local public high school. This past summer, he traveled with his geologist son to investigate the oldest rock in the world, considered to be billions of years old. Unlike his son, this teacher is uncertain about the [...]

Prayer Letter – December 2013

December 2, 2013

[God] will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. …Let us walk in the light of the Lord. Isaiah 2:4-5 In this week’s lectionary reading, the prophet [...]