Hi! I’m Michael Cheuk.
I love engaging in life-giving conversations with people and churches to make a positive difference in their lives and communities. I’m a nerdy former pastor who loves to learn, to listen, to build relationships and connections, and to inspire others to move toward their desired futures.
I help faith leaders to bring their best selves to their ministry
in order to bless their congregations, their communities, and the world.
I’m a leadership coach with an Associate Certified Coach credential with the International Coaching Federation, and a Christian Leadership Coach credential from Coach Approach Ministries. I’m also the editor of Christian Coaching Magazine.
For over twenty years, I’ve served as a youth pastor, a campus minister, an associate and senior pastor serving churches and denominations in Virginia and elsewhere.
I am a founding member and current Secretary of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, an interfaith group of clergy and interested lay persons working to address racial justice and equity in the Charlottesville and Albemarle region of Virginia.
My Personal Life
I’ve been married for over 25 years to my best friend, Beth, and we have two college-age children.
My hobbies include reading, photography, singing, cooking, and tinkering with computers.
I’m an introvert, and my quirk is that I’m very comfortable with silence. Years ago, I had a congregant who came to my office “to talk,” and we ended up sitting in silence for about 30 minutes straight as they pondered over a question I posed. This person and I are still in communication to this day!
People who have worked with me often describe me as a:
- “Rock” who is reliable and someone you can count on.
- Caregiver who is supportive, loving, and empathetic.
- Truth-teller who is honest, sincere and trustworthy.
They also identified these as my top three leadership qualities:
- Relatable – someone who connects different constituencies to build mutual trust and respect.
- Inspiring – someone who activates, nurtures, empowers, and develop others.
- Clear Communicator – someone who listens, speaks, and presents well.*
I’m a Lifelong Learner
I hold degrees from Rice University (BA), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the University of Virginia (PhD).
I have also studied and practiced Bowen family systems theory, Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication, and in the work of Frederic Laloux in reinventing organizations, all for the purpose of making a collective impact in my community, especially in the area of social justice and racial equity.
I’m interested in how these practices affect behavior and functioning in healthy organizations, thriving businesses, and just societies. What I’ve learned in these areas informs and shapes my work as a leadership coach, a process consultant and facilitator, and as a speaker/preacher.
Finally, I strive to live by this quote by Frederic Laloux:
“The ultimate goal in life is not to be successful or loved, but to become the truest expression of ourselves, to live into authentic selfhood, to honor our birthright gifts and callings, and be of service to humanity and our world.”
Thank you for visiting my site!
~ Michael Cheuk (pronounced “Chuck”)
aka Micheal Cheuk, Michael Cheuck, Michael Chuek
*Based on the feedback of colleagues, clients, family, and friends using 360Reach.
Please schedule a free 25-minute consultation with me if you’d like to explore how I can help you through my coaching, consulting/facilitating, and speaking.