Michael B. Airgood is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a church planter and youth ministry developer in Western Ukraine, based in the city of L'viv.
The United Methodist presence in L'viv and the surrounding areas is growing rapidly after having been introduced through student ministry. University-based work led to the formation of the L'viv United Methodist Church and to a new church start in a nearby village. Two missionaries were assisted by volunteers, but it became evident in mid-2011 that an additional missionary was needed to help with the expanding opportunities.
Michael, commissioned in the fall of 2011, has special responsibility in the areas of new church development; youth ministry, including teenagers; lay leadership training; and English-language outreach. He leads Sunday worship and preaches as needed. He speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and English.
Michael Airgood is a native of Kane, Pennsylvania in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, where he grew up in the First United Methodist Church. He earned a bachelor of science degree in intercultural studies from Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa, Georgia, and is a licensed local pastor.
"I grew up in a Christian home, having attended a United Methodist church all of my life. I chose to follow Jesus when I was at a church camp at age 11," Michael says. "I felt called to be a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries when I was 12 years old. I knew I wanted to help people and make disciples of Jesus Christ."
Right out of college, he became an Individual Volunteer in Mission through Global Ministries, serving two months in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and 13 months in Ukraine—a year in L'viv and a month in Kiev. In the summer of 2010, Michael was a delegate from the Northeastern Jurisdiction to the United Methodist Global Young People's Convocation and Legislative Assembly in Berlin.
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