Michael J. Thigpen serves as the Chief Diversity Officer, Director of the Cultural Resource Center at Anderson University. He also serves as Lead Pastor of Celebration Church at Arrow Heights (a local congregation in the city of Anderson).
A visionary and leader, Michael has worked in a variety of ministry areas both nationally and internationally. Michael is an Anderson University graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership. Michael has a great passion for the lost and those who have been disenfranchised or otherwise disconnected from their local expression of the body of Christ. He seeks to disciple a generation of servant leaders, enabling them to make a greater impact on the world by sharing the authentic love of God. He also seeks to teach believers to develop and sustain a strong growing relationship with our savior, Jesus Christ.
Under the anointing of God, he operates in a dynamic teaching gift in addition to several other spiritual gifts and vocations. He is a preacher who rightly divides the Word of truth with a fresh revelation from God.
Pastor Thigpen is often sought after for his ability to speak to and to be heard by multi-generational audiences. He stays close to the pulse of youth and family issues as is made evident by his role as a former President of the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC), his service as an educational advocate and his propensity for community activism. His life’s work is geared to all people and families. Michael’s greatest joys in life are his personal relationship with God, the love of his life, Melanie and their four beautiful children: Brittany, Shekinah, Gianna, and Destinee.
Michael has served at Anderson University since 2015.