Rev. Dr. Michael Lee Fitze (Mike)
Mike has spent most of his ministry involved in New Church development on all levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA). As a second career pastor, Mike served as an Elder in the Yeamans Park Presbyterian church in Hanahan before going to seminary. After graduation, Mike served the New Wappetaw church in McClellanville following Hurricane Hugo. In 1995 He was called as the organizing pastor of Providence Presbyterian in Greenville, SC. In 2007 he came back to start Palmetto. Both churches are recipients of the Walton Award for outstanding new church developments in America. Mike holds degrees from USC, The College of Charleston, and Columbia Seminary. In addition he has certificates in spirituality, master gardening, real estate and interior design. He is also a certified Stephen Ministry leader.
Active in numerous civic clubs, Mike is past president of the Charleston Jaycees and the Mt Pleasant Rotary Club among others. He serves on the staff of Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery and is on the alumni council of Columbia Seminary. Mike and His wife, Rosemary, live in Park West and are the parents of a grown daughter, Jennifer (Matt) and grandparents of Savannah (8) and Will (5).