There will one dinner in 2019 and a special event see the web site. The next dinner will be May 17th with Michael Golden.
Michael was born and raised on a property near Mudgee. Raised Catholic, Michael in his early years had a sincere faith in God, completing his first communion and confirmation. However as a teenager he developed an alcohol and drug addiction that saw his life spiral out of control and his faith in God collapse. Eventually Michael became a shearer (something he swore he’d never do) and his drinking and drug use becoming increasingly problematic, with frequent blackouts, deteriorating mental health, and several near-death experiences through foolish decisions. Michael became a Christian while drunk and stoned through a Christian Coffee Shop Ministry at the age of 22. Following this experience Michael found freedom (through Christ) over his addictions and began a new life as a child of God. God has blessed Michael with a loving wife, Annette, and three sons. Michael and Annette became Salvation Army Officers and have served as pastors of Albury and Casino churches. A trained counsellor, Michael also served as Assistant Director of Counselling Services with the Salvation Army in Sydney for 3 years. Michael has pastored/led Ignite Church for the past 8 years in Cowra as a tentmaker. Throughout his ministry Michael has maintained a passion for working with people with addictions and has for nine years in various addiction services (Lyndon Community, NSW Health, and Lifeline). Michael believes that addiction is not a matter of moral failing or mental illness but primarily a coping mechanism for trauma, grief and other significant life issues. He has a calling to minister with and bring freedom through Christ to those suffering addiction and discarded by society.