After an extensive national search process, Lake Street Church has appointed Michael Woolf its senior minister. Mr. Woolf, 28, conducts research on church sanctuary movements and campaigns for the Living Wage. He is also deeply committed to living out those values in the life of congregations which he serves, saying “I believe that the church should play a vital role in the communities that it inhabits.”
An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA (a separate denomination from the fundamentalist Southern Baptist Convention), Reverend Woolf is a whole-hearted advocate of theological diversity. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee, receive a Master of Divinity from Harvard University in 2014, and is now completing his Th.D. dissertation there.
He will begin his service to Lake Street Church on April 18. The church building at 607 Lake St. opened its doors in 1875. It is Evanston’s oldest public building and hosts Connections for the Homeless.