(Travels from Atlanta)
Deacon Mike is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization for St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in the Atlanta Archdiocese and has earned national attention for his innovative approach to sharing our Faith. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Integrated Catholic Life™ which he co-founded with Mr. Randy Hain in 2010. He is also a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplains to the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work (Business Association) and co-founder of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.
Deacon Mike has long had a large and loyal following of Catholics and non-Catholics who enjoy his presentations on every aspect of Church teaching.
Ordained to the diaconate on February 4, 2006 by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory for the Atlanta Archdiocese, Deacon Mike Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization. He completed five years of education and spiritual formation at the St. Stephen Center for Diaconal Studies in Atlanta, Georgia prior to his ordination.
Deacon Bickerstaff is active in spreading the faith among both adults and youth as a witness, catechist and bible study leader at work, home and the parish. In the early days of connected personal computers, Deacon Mike helped to pioneer the Catholic presence on the internet as a senior designer and site moderator. Today, Deacon Mike continues that work through Catholic web design and communications and the Integrated Catholic Life™.
Deacon Mike has been very active in the effort to integrate faith, family and work. He has established a Major Speakers Series at St. Peter Chanel which attracts many of the most sought-after Catholic speakers from around the world and a Guest Speakers Series to showcase local Catholic leaders, both lay and clergy. A published author, he has written numerous articles on the faith and is currently authoring his first book with Randy Hain titled, The Integrated Life: Practical Wisdom for Learning and Living the Faith. Deacon Mike has been interviewed concerning these writings on nationally-aired Catholic radio programs.
He is also the Executive Vice President of Integrated Benefit Systems, Inc., a national software company founded in 1993 by Mike and three others with extensive expertise in the tax-qualified retirement plan industry. He is a B.S.Bus.Ad. graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi with a major in Accounting. He has been an innovator in meeting management and customer needs in accounting and tax-qualified plan compliance and administrtion through the design and deployment of state-of-the-art technology solutions.
Deacon Mike and his wife have two adult children and two grandsons.
- Catholic Apologetics
- Faithful Surrender
- Four Last Things
- God’s Call and Our Response
- Handing on the Faith within the Family
- Integrating Faith and Work
- Living the Integrated Catholic Life
- Marriage is a Covenant
- Personal Testimony: “Pilgrim on a Journey”
- Prayer and the Spiritual Life
- Sacramental Living
- Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium
- Theology of the Body and Today’s Culture
- Theology of the Body and Marriage