Michael Wayne Arnold was born in the Republic of Panama while his father was stationed there in the US Army. While he was a small child and his father was still in the military, Michael's family would move often living in multiple places in Tennessee, Georgia, and New Jersey. The Arnolds finally settled down in 1991 in Huntsville, Alabama where Michael would graduate from Virgil I. Grissom High School in 2002. After graduation, Michael would attend The University of Alabama in addition to studying at the Fachhochschule Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany and the Universität Klagenfurt in Klagenfurt, Austria. Michael graduated in 2006 from The University of Alabama with double undergraduate degrees in Management Information Systems and German. In 2011 Michael became a Christian and received a call to ministry in the Church. In 2019 Michael graduated with a Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt University. Michael is presently a postulant for holy orders in the Anglican Church in North America.
Directly after college, Michael went to work for Deloitte as a data analytics software developer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2008 Michael moved back to the States and continued his career in the data space eventually transitioning to data integration and Perl software development roles. As the manager of data integration at HealthTrust — a partially HCA-owned group purchasing organization — Michael was active in designing the architecture and leading delivery around an enterprise data processing platform and middleware solution. At LifeWay Christian Resources, Michael managed software development teams, leading the development of world-class devotional and Bible study tools for the web and mobile devices. Michael continues to lead software development teams at Citizens Bank developing backend solutions to support the bank's mortgage division.
Michael has been married to his beautiful wife, Jennifer, since March 2015. In March 2016, he became the father of Rosemary Louise and in January 2018 he became the father of Oliver Charles. In addition to English, Michael speaks German and Dutch and has basic knowledge of French and Latin. Michael leads the Metro Nashville German Meetup and is pastor of an ecumenical German-speaking parish in East Nashville, St. Mang. On occasion Michael preaches at various churches in Nashville in both English and German. His extracurricular interests include Wesleyan & Anglican theology, linguistics, economics, projects on the RaspberryPi, working on his old Macintoshes and other computers, home automation, and the liturgy of the English church. Additional information about Michael can be found in his résumé, on Twitter, and on Pinboard.