My preferred pronouns are “he,” “him,” and “his.” I grew up in the Finger Lakes of New York. My home church, where I was active in youth activities, was both Presbyterian and United Methodist. I graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School in 1982 (and to round out my religious background, my maternal grandparents were Jewish). I graduated from the University of Michigan in 1986 and from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 1990 when I was ordained and welcomed into the membership of The Detroit Annual Conference. I’ve served urban, suburban and rural churches from north to south in the lower peninsula. I am the father of Jeremiah and Isaac Garrigues-Cortelyou who are graduates of Michigan State and Oakland Universities, respectively. Jeremiah provides tech support for an Internet Service Provider based in Iron Mountain. Isaac, married since 2018, studies at Drew Theological Seminary and directs the Music program at Vestal UMC in the Southern Tier of New York. I married my wife Andrea on September 21, 2013 in the most fun wedding ever (with the pictures to prove it). Raised in Roseville and then Allenton, Michigan, she is a data analyst for an advertising agency General Motors, specializing in digital media and works in downtown Detroit, overlooking the iconic Renaissance Center. Her hobbies include herb gardening and knitting which she took up in the spring of 2016. She looks forward to being a dog owner again at some point in the future and loves the sound of schnauzers snoring in the night. For now she puts up with the two cats I rescued in 2011. Andrea and I enjoy traveling and recent years have given us the opportunity to visit along the Atlantic seaboard from Virginia to Maine and also to Asheville, NC and Treasure Island, FL. Closer to home, Traverse City is a favorite get-away spot. Two scriptures that express central truths about my faith: Micah 6:8 “(God) has told you, Mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” And Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
My hobbies include music as a singer, bass guitarist, and dulcimer player, photography, technology, and The University of Michigan Men’s Lacrosse team. I’ve also been known to play with toy trains from time to time. I’ve also been whale-watching off New England and Washington state multiple times.
My favorite family tradition:
Being a relative newlywed - only seven years this fall - my favorite family tradition happens most nights at bedtime, when Andrea or I give the other a couple gentle pokes in the arm, and the other pokes back as a way of saying, “I love you” before we fall asleep.