Dr. G. Mikael Lindström
Mikael is the Director of Music Ministries at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving. He began working in the greater Church at the First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore, TX, in the choir, when he was a freshman in college. As a junior at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University-San Marcos), he served as interim choir director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos. It was not until he started working for First United Methodist Church in Lockhart, TX, that he felt the call to serve the Lord — most of the choir members had experienced the Walk to Emmaus, and they wore him down, or as Rev. Dana would say: “They loved you into wholeness.” He went on to serve First Christian Church of Plano, a Disciples of Christ congregation.
When he began his career as a college educator, he thought that his music ministry service had come to a close. However, while sitting in the congregation for a few months, he heard that still small voice. He could not even resist for a year — a member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville, AR, asked if he could recommend a student who could assume the responsibilities as music director. Mikael heard the call, and he returned to music ministry, just in time for Easter. In Arkansas, he taught at a small liberal arts college, the University of the Ozarks.
Yes, he spells his name differently, and yes, he prefers Mikael (pronounced like Michael) instead of Mike. In many ways, he is a typical musician — he breaks into song or vocalizes at unexpected and, too often, inopportune moments. On the other hand, he is a self-pronounced geek. During his first week in the office, Dr. Bill called him a Renaissance man, a compliment that made Mikael’s decade. He loves to learn because it causes him to grow: as a person, family man, musician, and Christian. His numerous and varied hobbies keep him busy, sane, and close to his family: cooking, baking, exercising, gardening, watching movies, linguistics, philosophy, particularly epistemology, science, and mathematics, just to name a few. Mikael considers himself blessed because his favored avocations, music and teaching, coincide with his vocation, music ministry.
He is Swedish by birth, but chose to move to Texas after high school graduation for one more year of high school as an exchange student. After that, he served in the Swedish Army. Mikael earned an Associate of Music degree at Kilgore College, a Bachelor and Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Texas State University-San Marcos, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas.
Mikael highly values his education, but considers Barbara, his wife, the most cherished gain he made when they met at UNT. When Mikael taught college, Barbara decided to pursue a second career by seeking certification for Early Childhood Education. They have two energetic and determined children, Kajsa and Xander. Mikael chose to leave college teaching to answer the call to ministry, but, more importantly, so that he could spend more time with his family.
When the Lindströms arrived in Irving, Mikael decided that he wanted an outlet as a singer. He auditioned for the Schola Cantorum of Texas, and that group will feed the musician’s soul.
If anyone managed to miss it, he has a penchant for wearing whimsical footwear. That does not define him, but it helps him, as the introvert that he is, to start conversations with most people.