Michelle Vallez As of August 2017, Michelle has lived a little over half her life in her adopted country! Michelle originally moved to Germany in 1984 to sing in the chorus of the opera house in the city of Kaiserslautern. There she met members of the local Christian Servicemen’s Center, an outreach of the COG’s Ministry to the Military. Through the ministry of the Center, she came to know Jesus and was baptized at the age of 38. After her move to Karlsruhe, she was active in the ministry of the CSC, and spent one year as religious education director for the military
chapel there. After leaving the world of professional theater, Michelle moved to Rudersberg as a COG Associate Missionary. She taught music and music ministries at the European Bible Seminary (now European Theological Seminary) from 1998 – 2000. She returned to ETS, now located in the Black Forest, in Spring, 2014. Since then, she has been teaching Christian Education, Principles of Teaching and Learning, Anthropology and English Composition. She received her BA and MA in music at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In 2012, Michelle completed a second MA in International Theological Education at the Academy for World Missions, the German branch of Columbia International University. The “Life Christian Center” (CZ Life) in Plüderhausen has been Michelle’s church home since 1999. She has led worship, taught music, conducted the choir, and has a special place in her heart for team-teaching a Foundations of Faith course for the teens. When she’s not at ETS or
“life”, she’s teaching English to German businesspeople in Stuttgart or volunteering in the local community support group for refugees, teaching German.
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