Michael studied English Literature at the State University College at Fredonia, New York, then the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, before coming to Oxford in 1983 as a graduate student at Merton College. He was subsequently Fulford Junior Research Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford, prior to training for ordination at Edinburgh Theological College (now known as the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church). His Oxford M.Litt. thesis was on the seventeenth-century poet George Herbert; his Michigan Ph.D. on Charles Dickens. After ordination, Michael was Assistant Curate at Inverness Cathedral. In 1994 he returned to Oxford, this time to Magdalen College, where he served as Dean of Divinity, which is Magdalen’s celestial (if somewhat misleading) title for its pastor and chaplain, until 2016 when he became Rector of Christ Church, Oyster Bay, in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, New York.