Mike Myers is currently a protodeacon at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in New Haven, Indiana. As a protodeacon, Myers has experience as a deacon and is also part of the Apostolic Ministry with Bishops and Priests.
Myers believes that this culture has, for the most part, abandoned its Christian heritage, which makes his task of informing others that Christianity is not irrelevant especially challenging.
“It is difficult to communicate to people the idea that the Church is the continuing presence of Christ on Earth, not an ad hoc voluntary association like the Rotary Club where people network to enhance their career,” says Myers.
Myers says the reason that he chose Huntington University’s adult degree programs was because he had seen it ranked highly among baccalaureate schools for its size, quality, and in comparison to other Christian schools.
“Based on what was realistic for me to undertake, Huntington looked like the best bet,” Myers says.
In August of 2008 and 2009, Forbes ranked Huntington University one of the top 100 colleges in America, making it even more appealing to students like Myers.
The program’s structure, along with the instructors, are two features that Myers appreciates most at Huntington. He says that numerous instructors have been exceptional, always welcoming questions and comments.
“With Huntington being a smaller sized institution, I have found it easy to be conversational with people in the office, as well as to not feel like a face in a crowd or just a number on a page,” says Myers.
Huntington also has opened up doors for Myers' future. When Myers had only a certificate, options were limited.
“This program also has brought seminary and the priesthood into the realm of reality,” Myers says.
According to Myers, Orthodox clergy generally are not business-oriented people. Most clergy are extremely knowledgeable in philosophy or theology, but are unsure of ministering intentionally and strategically.
Myers graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in not-for-profit leadership
and business administration
. With this degree he hopes to help his church in the places where he has seen weakness in ministry.