Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Micah grew up as the son of two Quaker pastors at University Friends Meeting (Great Plains Yearly Meeting [FUM] and Mid-America Yearly Meeting [Evangelical Friends Church]). Since 2009, he has lived in Washington, DC, with his wife, Faith Kelley. Since moving to DC, he and Faith have helped to establish and nurture a new Friends meeting in the heart of the city. Friends of Jesus is a small but vibrant community that gathers in small groups for prayer, reflection on Scripture, worship and service.
Micah has a passion for cross-cultural engagement, electronic outreach and economic justice. He looks for opportunities to share the good new of Jesus Christ in ways that are culturally relevant, and which honor the ways in which the Holy Spirit is already at work. In addition to his work with Friends United Meeting and Friends of Jesus, Micah maintains a sustained schedule of online publishing on his blog, located at www.micahbales.com. He is also actively engaged in work for economic justice in the Washington area, having served as a grassroots organizer with area families who were at risk of losing their homes due to the financial crisis.
Micah Bales serves Friends United Meeting as Communications and Web Specialist. His primary responsibilities are development and articulation of FUM’s web and social media presence. He is also a regular contributor to Quaker Life magazine, and cultivates an interest in fundraising and development strategy. His favorite Bible passage is Jesus’ first sermon, found in Luke 4:16-30.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.