Michelle has been an active participant in various areas of Christianity for over twenty-five years. She was the assistant pastor at a church of 500 in Burlington, Ontario from 1985 through to 1991. Her many duties included heading up the vibrant worship team, teaching from the pulpit, women’s ministry, hospitality and visitation. It was during this tenure that Michelle recorded her first CD, Son Shining Through, and began co-hosting on Nite Lite, a 'live', open mic television show produced by Crossroads Communications. Today, Michelle continues to guest host the show on a regular basis.
In 1991 Michelle left her pastoral position to found Northern Praise Ministries, a Canadian organization which supports Christians in music. One particularly great accomplishment was to be executive producer on Deborah Klassen’s magnificent Juno Award winning CD, Legacy of Hope. Deborah, along with many other wonderful Canadian artists, are some of Michelle’s best and dearest friends.
Ordained with Gospel Crusade of Canada, International, Michelle is an energetic, wisdom filled, motivational speaker and singer, who is known for her authenticity and her ability to stir up faith, passion and purpose in the hearts of her listeners. Michelle has a passion for those less fortunate around her. This is inspired by her younger son Paul, who, although diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, is the joy and character maker of Michelle's life! Michelle sat on the Board of Directors for Community Living in Oakville for three years and is acutely aware of the struggles of the poor, disadvantaged and disabled in Canada.
Michelle’s keen and zany sense of humour has seen her through many challenges and difficulties. Her on stage persona has been compared to that of Lucille Ball, but the message of Christ always come through in strength and clarity! Her latest endeavour, her first book, “Adventures with Jesus… YIKES!” is now available.
Her diversity of gifts has indeed led to many adventures, some of which include: writing four plays showcasing Canadian talent, three of which have been performed at The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts; producing many high end events and raising substantial funds for various organizations; writing two full Bible College courses “Music and the Church” and “The Power of Love & Unity”, and; helping many people on a spiritual level in their daily struggles with life, through pastoral love and care.
In December, 2005 Michelle released, Favourite Hymns , a beautiful collection of hymns of old, produced in simplicity and integrity. The only musical accompaniment is provided by Danny Weis on guitars. Danny is best known for his work as musical director for Bette Midler’s movie The Rose. In December 2006, a dynamic praise & worship cd, Jesus Loves Me was released, again featuring the R&B, gospel sound of Danny Weis. In December 2007, a compilation Christmas CD featuring Michelle, Deborah Klassen, Carol Weicker, Mary Saxton Rush and Michele Finney, entitled "It's Christmas!" was made available for your Christmas enjoyment and celebration.
Michelle has the full and loving support of her husband of 40 years, Ian. Michelle and Ian attend two churches, one in southern Ontario and one in their hometown of Sundridge, where they were raised and enjoy their cottage on Lake Bernard. Mike, their older son, is a professional jazz musician and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Michelle welcomes speaking, teaching, worship leading and singing engagements for all events. Michelle is available to travel anywhere in the world and is excited to see where God will take her!
"Michelle Sim - living life, one adventure at a time!"
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