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Volunteer Profile – Michele Cavender

A servant’s heart. That is one of Mountain Life Church’s core strengths – the body of Christ serving in our local community. Especially in the midst of a global pandemic.

One of those volunteers is Michele Cavender. You may be greeted by her on a Sunday morning welcoming you or your children in Kids' ministry. She also helped start a Single’s Group at Mountain Life Church and provided childcare during Life Groups. Laura Behnke, Mountain Life’s Care and Connection Director describes Michele as, “A beacon of light to other people even when she is going through hardship. She doesn’t let her circumstances keep her from serving.” Read on to learn more about Michele’s servant’s heart.

An Indirect Journey to Mountain Life
When you ask people who moved to Park City where they came from, the answer is usually from another state. But not Michele. She and her family moved from Bermuda of all places. You see, Michele’s husband ran luxury hotels and they moved to a different locale every few years. Exotic places such as Hong Kong and China. And while this sounds very fancy, Michele openly admits that all the moving came with a price. Now divorced and raising her two kids in Salt Lake, Michele first reached out to Mountain Life when she was in a dark place. “I was contemplating my life and purpose,” recalls Michele, “I was suffering.”

While driving up the canyon one day, she asked God to show her that she wasn’t alone. And then her radio station went out. As Michele fumbled with buttons, amidst the static, the song “Just Be Held” by Casting Crowns rang out loud and clear.

Soon after, Michele contacted Mountain Life to find a lay counselor. When Gail Iverson called her back, Michele was sobbing on the phone and told her she didn’t know what to do and needed to talk to someone. Gail told her to come straight to the church.

The two women began working together to sort through a variety of issues. After a few sessions, Gail suggested that Michele start attending Mountain Life by kindly saying, “This is where you need to be.”

Already a believer, Michele hadn’t been part of a church in years since it was often difficult to find a Christian church while they were living overseas. So, when she started attending Mountain Life, she was all in. “I’m there every Sunday,” says Michele. “Mountain Life is truly my family.”

Focusing on Others
In Ephesians 5:6, the apostle Paul says, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” Michele lives out this verse in her own life. “I have always volunteered anywhere where I can,” she says. “God has placed it on my heart to help others and serve others.”

Michele’s true calling is Kids' Ministry. When she began attending Mountain Life, she volunteered in childcare, and this past fall she helped with the new check-in system to register children for Sunday School classes. About three years ago, Michele decided to break out of her comfort zone and asked God where he saw the most need for her, which turned out to be greeting. “Did that ever put me out of my comfort zone, she says with a chuckle. “Adults scare me because I don’t want to be judged.”

Serving Amid Trials
During the six years that Michele has been a part of Mountain Life, life hasn’t been easy. “I feel the more that life has pushed me, the more I need a church,” muses Michele. “Instead of running away from the church, I was running toward it.”
If you are interested in serving at Mountain Life, please check out our Serving page or contact Laura Behnke.
By Liz Yokubison
Liz Yokubison is a freelance writer and author. You can follow her on her website,

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