"Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains..."
Meet our Pastor...
Rev. Mike Daly was born and raised in the small, rural town of Bolton, Connecticut. It was a childhood full of outdoor activities including, playing soccer, camping, and fishing. It is an area rich with colonial history. A favorite Boy Scout memory is raking leaves at Nathan Hale’s homestead. During high school and college, he played drums for a local rock band called, Reaction.
Mike studied psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University. During that time, he worked for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp founded by Paul Newman for children with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. This experience was highly influential to Mike as he pursued a call to seminary and a focus on youth ministry. “The children and youth I met at this camp were fixated on the beauty and joy of life and not the possibility of dying young.”
In 1990, Mike moved to Chicago, earning his Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1996. While at CTS, Mike concentrated on Family Systems and youth ministry. In 2011, Mike earned his Doctor of Ministry from Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL focusing on youth mission trips. “One of the things I appreciate about our church’s congregational style is that we are all co-ministers, called to share God’s love and do “hands-on” mission work.”
Mike has served UCC churches in the western suburbs of Chicago for more than 25 years. Mike and his wife Suzy live in Geneva and have four amazing children. Mike’s interests include playing golf, seeking out volunteer opportunities, learning about investing and the stock market, and cheering on the Chicago sports teams.