Michael Mueller has been on a lifelong spiritual journey to connect deep contemplative listening with an active, engaged life in the world. Before becoming lead pastor on the staff at First Lutheran Church, he served other congregations in South Dakota and southern Wisconsin and worked for seven years as community organizer for an interfaith justice organization in Racine. He is excited to be part of a community embracing the adventure of living like Christ. One of the great joys in his life is singing – solo, choral music of all kinds, even opera. When he’s not singing, he enjoys biking, hiking and eating good food. Michael is the father of three grown children and lives with his wife Carol Baumgartner, an ELCA interim pastor in south-central Wisconsin.