Michael is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has served his career in United Methodist churches and the non-profit world. He has provided thousands of hours of counseling internationally on all aspects of integrative cancer care, especially the psychosocial and spiritual aspects – in-person, through tele-support groups, Facebook™ and email communications. In addition, he has authored the book A Light Shines in the Darkness: Daily Devotions for Those Living with Cancer and co-authored other cancer support guides. He has had essays published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book, The Social Cause Diet, This I Believe, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness , Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the (Autism) Spectrum, in addition to writing a regular blog on health, healing and spiritual issues. Michael has also partnered with a research team at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, providing patient narratives for a study on physician/patient communications. He is a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Penn State College of Medicine (Department of Family Medicine) Ambulatory Research Network, the chair of the Susquehanna Conference UMC Ukraine Initiative – having traveled to Ukraine for mission work, is a speaker, teacher, author, mentor and youth leader and has been a non-profit board member.
Michael is married to Katherine Walton Gingerich, who is a breast cancer survivor and an advocate for people with developmental disabilities. They are the parents of three sons – Adam, David and Matthew – and the grandfather of four – Lilyanna, Emma, Emmett and Elle. Their son Matthew lives with severe intellectual disabilities and autism. Both Kathy and Michael have also dedicated themselves to encouraging others who live with the challenges of disease and disability in their lives. They live in Hershey, PA.
Michael and Tom Kaden published their first book together – Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey – in the summer of 2014.