Dr. Michael Bos
Dr. Michael Bos is a pastor, author, interfaith proponent, family guy, and adventure seeker. He is president of The Collegiate Churches of New York and serves as chaplain of the Collegiate School, where he also teaches Islam. He has written two books with coauthor, Dr. William Sachs: A Church Beyond Belief: The Search for Belonging and the Religious Future and Fragmented Lives: Finding Faith in an Age of Uncertainty. Dr. Bos was raised in West Michigan, received his B.S. in psychology from Grand Valley State University, M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary, did post-graduate work at the Free University (the Netherlands) in Hebrew Scripture and the theology of religions, and doctoral work at the University of Exeter (U.K.) on Islam and religious pluralism. He recently completed his Doctor of Ministry at Duke University Divinity School with a focus on leadership in the Christian tradition. Early in his career he was counseled that his “need for adventure may be too high for a traditional pastoral role,” and this propelled him to pursue new positions. He established an interfaith center in the Arabian Peninsula, and developed programs with institutions such as Princeton Theological Seminary, the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation, and the U.S. State Department. Working with the U.S. Embassy and government of Oman, he helped establish a first of its kind program on religious diplomacy in the Middle East for the top chaplains in the U.S. armed services. For his work in bringing together Christians, Muslims, and Hindus in Oman to aid low-income workers, he received the U.S. Ambassador’s Award for Community Service.