Michael W. Sigman, D.D.
Affiliate Professor of Pastoral Ministry
B.A. Religion, Lebanon Valley College; M.Div., Evangelical Theological Seminary; D.D., Lancaster Bible College
“Before coming to Evangelical, I spent nine years serving the Lord as Bishop of the Evangelical Congregational Church. During those years, I became convinced that the key to effective ministry is transformational leadership and the model for such leadership is Jesus. When describing our Lord’s leadership, we too often stop at “servant leader” forgetting that, in serving, Jesus transformed lives. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).”
Called to ministry in 1980, Mike served two youth pastorates while attending college and seminary. In 1986, Mike and Jenny were married and, within a few weeks, assigned by the Evangelical Congregational Church to plant a church in the Baltimore suburb of Rosedale. They spent thirteen years pastoring the Rosedale Community Church. In 1998, at the age of 36, Mike became the youngest man elected to the office of Bishop in the E.C. Church. Those nine years of Episcopal service were incredibly fulfilling as Mike traveled extensively, giving oversight to congregations and mission work in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, India and Japan.
Mike’s Evangelical journey began in 1983 when he enrolled as a Master of Divinity student. Upon graduation, he joined the seminary’s Alumni Council and served in that capacity until 1990 when he was elected to the Board of Trustees. He continued serving on the Board throughout his tenure as Bishop. In July 2008, he was appointed Vice President of Continuing Education and Dean of the Evangelical Center for Servant Leadership. One month later, he was appointed Acting President, and in December 2008 he was appointed President of Evangelical Theological Seminary, a position he held until 2011.
A frequent preacher at area churches and camp meetings, he also coaches strategic planning initiatives and provides church leadership consultations. Mike is the Spiritual Director of the Rawlinsville Camp Meeting and Director of the Lancaster County (PA) National Day of Prayer Task Force.
Mike and Jenny live in Smoketown, just east of Lancaster. They are the parents of four daugthers. Mike likes to remind people that he truly lives in a girl’s dormitory!