Rev. Michael E. Karunas has been senior minister at Central Christian since March 2012. Prior to beginning his tenure here, he served First Christian Church, Baton Rouge, La. (2004-2012), and First Christian Church, Centralia, Ill. (1998-2004), both in the capacity of senior minister. Originally from Ann Arbor, Mich., Michael received his A.B. from Butler University (1991) and his Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago (1998). He has been an active participant in the wider church, having served as a Global Mission Intern with the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in East Germany (1991-1993) and on the Week of Compassion Advisory Committee of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (2006-2010).
Michael is an avid distance runner, having logged nearly 20,000 miles over a 15 year running career. He enjoys singing and playing the trumpet, reading (mostly non-fiction, with a preference for history, philosophy, and religion), and has memorized and performed the Gospel of Mark as a one-man show. He is married to Amy Ziettlow, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, writer and researcher. They have three children and enjoy spending time as a family, particularly spending summer vacations at the family cabin in Northern Michigan.