Michael Schwandt grew up in The Woodlands, attended College in Sheveport, and is working on completing Seminary
education along with a degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. He is getting married
this January to Rachel Kotlan and is very excited to see where the Lord will lead them.
What do you hope to do with your diaconate pursuit?
Michael: Along with working towards completing my seminary education I am also currently working on completing a degree in mental health counseling. Upon completing these two degrees I hope to enter the Christian Counseling field. God has placed on my heart a burden for those that are hurting, seeking help, and a person willing to listen to their struggles.
What do you hope to gain from your internship with Bishop Clark?
Michael: To be honest I hope to leave with a good many things. He has already taught me so much, and I know he will continue to do so. However, one thing stands out: a balanced life. I'm not saying that I have already gained this skill or that I am an expert. Scripture teaches us that the Lord is constantly sanctifying us to become more like
him, and the more I follow Bishop Clark's leadership the more I am convicted to learn how to balance work, family, school, reading scripture, and prayer just to name a few.
What has stood out to you as surprising or unexpected in your time as an intern thus far?
Michael: One thing that comes to mind is how important it us for us to depend on the power of Holy Spirit in our lives as Children of God. While I had read many books about the third person of the Trinity, and heard many stories, it is something else entirely to be in a place where the Spirit lives. To witness it with your own eyes, and to experience him working in you can only be described as fulfilling.
How can the Diocese pray for you?
I am excited to be starting school again in the Fall, and covet your prayers for a fruitful time of study. I am also getting married this January to my fiancé, Rachel Kotlan, and both of us covet your prayers as we prepare to enter into the sacrament of marriage.