Who am I?  Let’s start with the basics. My name is Colleen Reiss Vermeulen (or Colleen Vermeulen, Colleen R. Vermeulen, etc. depending on where my  name shows up). I live in Ypsilanti, MI with my husband and three sons. Outside of family, my main areas of work and service are:

  • on the Parish Pastoral Council at my parish, Christ the King in Ann Arbor
  • as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve where I coach and mentor senior staff leaders and serve as the Deputy Branch Chief for my branch/detachment
  • as the Director of Mission and an instructor with the Catholic Biblical School of Micghian

Throughout the year I also do very part-time/occasional teaching or ministry coaching gigs with the:

A little more on my background… I completed a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 and a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from the Mendoza College of Business at University of Notre Dame in 2015. Before heading back to graduate school in 2010, I served on active duty as a U.S. Army Engineer Officer. Over the years, I’ve volunteered as a children’s catechist, children’s church leader, young adult ministry coordinator, chapel music director, parish website/social media administrator, parish adult faith formation coordinator, and served as a parish council member.

Why do I write? I started blogging a month or so before my first child was born, as a way of organizing thoughts for future research projects and papers, a way to think “out loud” about my own ministry questions. Over time, I’ve been blessed to realize that in writing, the Holy Spirit seems to constantly prepare me for future challenges and more importantly, help me continue to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, seeking to serve Him in whatever ways possible. I’m forced to be on the lookout for God at work and listen to the Holy Spirit more–reminders that I certainly need 🙂

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For Speaking, Consulting, Writing, or Just to Chat….Contact Me:


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