Michael Liimatta has served in leadership positions with nonprofit organizations for over thirty years. Most of that time was spent with organizations that help the homeless and people who suffer from substance use disorders. He is a person in long-term recovery himself, having celebrated 35 years of continuous sobriety last October.
Most recently Michael served as Executive Director of Footprints, which provides outpatient treatment and recovery housing. He is founder of City Vision University and of Connecting for Good, both located in Kansas City, Missouri. For over seventeen years, he served as Director of Education for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (now called CityGate Network), an association of 300 inner city missions. In 1980, Michael founded New Creation Center, a residential treatment center in Atlantic Mine, Michigan, where he served as director for over ten years.
Michael is a graduate of the Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary and has a Masters degree in Organizational Administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He is a certified addiction counselor and an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.