Being born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, Michelle Lang-Raymond recently relocated back to Seattle, WA after living 8 years Portland, OR where she has served as the Campus Pastor and a Professor of Religion and Black Studies at Warner Pacific University. Prior to that, she enjoyed a 25 year residency and active ministry as a Youth & Young Adult Pastor, Urban Programs Coordinator, Director of Leadership Development, Regional Training Manager, Writer and Music Director and as an artists for organizations like Emerald City Outreach, World Vision, Young Life, the Seattle Presbyterian Church, Seattle’s Teen Summer Musical and her own gospel band – Michelle Lang & Still Water.
Michelle has been in full time ministry since 1995 and has seamlessly interwoven her love for the Christ, the Church and the Community at large. As a step in a new’ish direction, in 2013, Michelle created the Art of Tough Talks”- a multi-media project that utilizes the arts to foster conversation on often polarizing subjects and in 2020 she founded and serves as the CEO & Executive Director of Acts On Stage, a new theater devoted to centering the voices, works and initiatives of People of Color and People of Faith.
Michelle received her BA in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and in her MA in Religion from Warner Pacific University all while maintaining her love for animated movies, live concerts and salted caramel ice cream which her loving husband Jay keeps stocked in their fridge. Michelle considers herself a simple and sometimes silly intellectual and “just a southern girl who relocated into the Kingdom.”