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About Deacon Michael

Deacon Michael Halbrook was ordained for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on June 26, 2021.

He and his wife have been married eighteen years and are raising four sons.

His diaconal ministry at St. Elizabeth Parish in Granite City, Illinois is to serve the pastor as director of faith formation and liturgy. He has a deep passion for evangelization, catechesis, and the liturgy, and a deep love for Eucharistic adoration, marriage preparation, and baptizing children.

He served as music director & organist at his home parish of Holy Family for over 14 years, was a member of and president of the parish pastoral council, and served in various other leadership roles in the parish before entering diaconate formation in 2015.

Michael’s secular career was as a leader at the intersection of technology, media, and marketing. Most recently, he was a Director at Adobe, capping fifteen years in various roles, including Chief of Staff for the 650-person, $200M/year consulting business. In various roles he initiated & grew teams in some of the most high-growth and forward-looking areas of Adobe consulting.

He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Exodus. Exodus offers daily formation tools and a clear road map for men to live the uncommon life of freedom every day of the year via the Exodus app, ebbing and flowing through fasting and feasting with the Church’s calendar.

Prior, Michael was an on-air talent and online director at three St. Louis radio stations, founded and sold a dotcom in 2000, helped launch the digital group at St. Louis’s largest media production house, and led digital media and analytics for customers including AT&T and Anheuser Busch at St. Louis-based Rodgers Townsend.

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Husband, father to 4 sons, Catholic deacon; COO at Exodus; Parish faith formation leader.