Michelle Vallez received her BA and MA in music/vocal performance at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In 2012, she completed a second MA in International Theological Education at the Academy for World Missions, the German branch of Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina.
Michelle came to the European Theological Seminary in Germany’s Black Forest as an adjunct teacher in 2014. Since that time, she has taught Introduction to Christian Education, Principles of Teaching and Learning, Introduction to Anthropology, and English Composition. She teaches a Foundations of Faith course for teens and leads the church’s Missionary Prayer Group.
Following the “wave” of refugees that reached Germany in 2015, her students who are learning German in the local community support group include young adults, many of whom are Muslims from Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Gambia.
In referring to her ministry partnership with donors, Michelle states: “With the high cost of living in Germany compared to other mission fields, support has been a necessity! It is just as encouraging to know someone is praying for me and is partnering with me as I seek to fulfill God’s plan for missions. I have developed foundational relationships with friends who have supported me financially over the years … meaning not only do they support me in prayer and finances but have spoken words of counsel. I’m very grateful for all they’ve done.”