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Michael Kytka

Pastor

Michael was raised in New York City in a Roman Catholic home. Searching for the meaning of life, the key to unlock the mysteries of life, he found himself in a state of creative discontent after his local parish priest could not keep up with his questions about faith and spirituality. Nevertheless, Michael continued his journey until a pivotal turning point came in a college American history class where a Jewish history professor asked a question of the class that proved critical in Michael's conversion at age 19. Just a year later, in the same school, Michael found his call to the ministry in Philosophy 101 when his professor, tiring of this new Christian's challenges, asked him to a class debate (extra credit!) on David Hume's position on religious knowledge. Nervous but excited for the opportunity, Michael enjoyed the experience of advocating for the Christian worldview in the marketplace of ideas and soon afterward responded by pursuing a call to the ministry.

In the almost twenty years since those formative experiences, Michael served churches in four of the five boroughs of the City, along with a church in St. Louis, where he lived for four years while earning a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. Prior to his time in St. Louis, Michael studied at Westminster Seminary, where, as a young Christian, he developed his worldview thinking which he honed into a series of courses that he eventually would teach at New York School of the Bible (Manhattan).

Michael is now an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He is happily married to Roseann (almost 17 years) and has two children, Michael, Jr. and Alexandra. He enjoys his three cats - Woody, Bavinck and Calvin. Besides his passion for encouraging people to find life in Christ, Michael loves visiting cities and baseball landmarks, along with listening to his extensive collection of blues, jazz, and rock music.

A St. Louis artist and illustrator writes an interesting account of his encounter with Michael:

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