Michael Garrison

How long have you been at CCoF?

I’ve been at CCoF since 1991, except for a few years when I was in Tucson for college. I was a part of a small church for my whole childhood that CCoF merged with that year, and I’ve been here ever since.
Tell us about your family.
I’ve been married since 2003 to Kyla, my wonderful wife, and we have two kids, one in elementary and one in middle school. We all love playing games together, exploring new places, music, and reading. Our kids are starting to have individual hobbies all their own, which is fun to see and an adventure to keep up with sometimes.
How have you served the Flagstaff community over the years?
I worked at a local Flagstaff architecture firm for 18 years through and after college, which put me in a great place in the community- I was able to be a part of lots of projects, big and small, for all kinds of people, companies, and churches, including a few projects for CCoF. I’ve also volunteered at CCoF in various technical capacities over the years (weekend worship, network/IT, etc.) and a few years ago found a community of churches all helping each other do technical ministry. I actually left my architecture career in the summer of 2018 to work for the nonprofit that creates the software that the community of churches is based around, so I’ve been honored to be able to serve the global Church in the last few years also.
What is your passion? What's your favorite way to serve at CCoF?
My heart is helping people. My skills tend toward the technical (you may have picked up on that) so it’s probably not surprising that my passion finds a nexus in being able to use my skills to help people – by making it easier to do their ministry, and hopefully freeing them from some of the mundane stuff so they can in turn focus on helping people as well.
What's your favorite Flagstaff restaurant and menu item?
I’m a sucker for nachos, so it’s pretty hard to beat Lumberyard’s plate when I’m really jonesing.