From the heart of the Deep South, steeped in Southern Baptist tradition Michael Cumbie's call from God to preach the Gospel came at age 14. At age 19, while attending college and working on a degree in Music Education Michael experienced a life changing charismatic encounter with the Holy Spirit. Increasingly dissatisfied with fundamentalist, evangelical preaching of the Gospel, he began to understand just exactly how the early church had worshiped with its signs and symbols - and its focus on the Eucharist.
Although a Protestant Pastor for 23 years, Michael ultimately realized that to be truly in one accord with "ancient historic" Christian practice, means to be in union with Rome, where the chair of the successor of St. Peter is located, he continued his studies and research. Michael was even ordained to the sacred priesthood with an "old catholic" group in 1993. Eventually he realized that his denomination and the Roman Catholic Church would not become one any time soon, and he discovered that this quest for the fullness of Faith could only be realized in the Roman Catholic Church. In 2001, Michael and his three children were received into the Catholic Church. Michael's wife Sherry came back to the Catholic Church that day as well, after a 28-year absence. Michael Cumbie's conversion story is entitled "No Bread on the Table, No Crumbs on the Floor" because of his great love of, and respect for the Most Holy Eucharist.
Michael Cumbie is an experienced speaker, musician and worship leader and will inspire any audience with his knowledge, wit and incredible sense of humor. Michael will have your audience rolling with laughter while appreciating their Catholic Faith in a way that no other speaker can!
What Catholics around the country are saying about Catholic Lay Evangelist Michael Cumbie:
“I had always hoped that someone like Michael would come along in my lifetime?”
“I learned so much more about the Church. Michael is a wonderful speaker; I wish he could come once a month. Best wishes and God’s love, to him. Let his works go on!!”
“Mr. Cumbie is a very gifted speaker and has given me enough information to awaken the thirst to learn more about my faith. He has also given me a new understanding of our Protestant brethren. He has awakened the desire in me to deepen my faith. Thank you Mr. Cumbie.”
“I came to two classes and I was very happy to hear Michael, he is wonderful. I wish he would stay here in St. Mary’s parish forever. He would bring hundreds of people back to the Catholic Church because he speaks excellent; I can understand him clearly. We need more people like Michael to teach the Word of God. God bless you Michael.”
“This is the first Mission I have attended for the Duration. I feel a sense of validation for what I am since birth—“Catholic’. I feel a sense of excitement and peace. What a way to enter Lent!! The talks are inspiring and encouraging to stand up for what I am and what I believe in. And be comfortable to bear witness to my faith. Love it all –Bless You!!”
“Deeper appreciation of my religion/faith. I had been a fallen away Catholic for 21 years, returned to Catholicism 7 years ago. Michael renewed in my memory so much that I had forgotten when I was growing up. His knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith is inspirational. Great role model. Thank you for sending him to us. I saw many dogmas in a new light.”
“I have learned more in the past four days than I did throughout my entire RCIA course. Michael has taught us and explained things that I haven't been able to get answers too."