Hello reader! I’m the Rev. Michelle L. Torigian. Since 2018, I have been the senior pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville, Illinois. From 2011-2018, I was the pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Old Blue Rock Road in Cincinnati, OH. I’m a 2010 M.Div. graduate from Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO and a 1995 graduate from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO with a B.A. in English and concentrations in both professional writing and public relations.
I’ve contributed writings to the United Church of Christ Worship Ways, Daily Devotional and Your Life, Better. I crafted the closing worship for the UCC’s General Synod 30. I’m part of the Christian Century and RevGalBlogPals blogger networks. You can also find some of my writings at The Huffington Post and the RevGalBlogPals page.
I was blessed to have written an essay for the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit as well as chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy, A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope and When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2.
Creativity is a great motivator in my ministry and in various parts of my life. (Thank you, Holy Spirit!) And I watch a LOT of TV and movies… I definitely see the sacred in the secular!!