Staff

Sr. Pastor Michael Junkroski

Reverend Michael Junkroski, Senior Minister

Pastor Michael first served FCC Naples as a guest musician. Attracted to the church’s understanding of Christianity’s Jewish heritage, and its inclusive and modern theology, he began to play regularly with the Praise band. A couple of years later, Michael became a commissioned reverend in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and started serving as Music Minister. Michael has been Senior Minister of the congregation for two years, and continues its progressive traditions, including thought-provoking, inspiring worship services, bible studies, and community service.Michael is an accomplished professional musician; fascinated with quantum physics, science, faith, spirituality, religion, history, politics, economics, sociology, and the intricate interplay of each in the formation of our spiritual self-image and our world. Pastor Michael brings a unique blend of life experiences and philosophies to the congregation. He challenges us to self-reflect on our relationship with God and each other—a relationship always led by God, pulling us ever closer to a new humanity; a world unified in peace, love and understanding.

Michael is a board member of Collier Progressive Religious Voices and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). FCC Naples supports the ministries of Grace Place, the Naples Abused Women’s Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Faith Communities to End Homelessness, and more. Jesus was a liberator, constantly fighting for social justice, and as Disciples of Christ, we do our best to follow his teachings closely, working toward both our own spiritual development, and the development of a more loving, gentle, equitable and accepting world.

Rev. Catherine O’Connell, Associate Pastor