This Is How I Lead is a series on the ZOE Blog.  We love learning from others... so we have asked some good questions of great female leaders across the globe.  This week's post is from a good friend of ZOE...Michele Yackel.  Michele has led in ministry for almost 20 years as a youth pastor, global worker, ministry school director and now as a church planter in B.C. 

Michele is passionate about serving others, connecting in community and seeing people challenged in their faith journey & stepping into all God has for them.

We hope it will inspire you in your own leadership!  If you have some question for Michele, post it in the comments section.

Michele and Anthony Yackel


Who are you?

My name is Michele Yackel, I’m 41 and love adventure. I’ve been married to my best friend Anth for 13 ½ years.

We have 2 fabulous kids. Our daughter is 10 and our son is 8.

I’m a wife, mommy, leader, friend, pastor, cross-cultural worker at heart and I’m always up for change and adventure!!


Where do you minister?

I’m currently a pastor/church planter – both my husband and I Co-Lead Pastor UrbanRoad here in Langley BC – we meet at Cineplex Langley in BC and have just celebrated our 5th year as a church community.

Check it out HERE.!!


What is your favourite part of your job?

A favourite part of my job is connecting with people, hearing their story and celebrating who they are and stretching people to think more strategically about where they’re headed in life and what they have to offer.

The best part is seeing true life transformation in people, especially families – BEST thing ever!!!

That and people grabbing a hold of the creativity and limitless imagination God places within each of us and then stepping out to actually DO something with that – BONUS!!


Who has been your greatest influence in your development as a leader?

My life is made up of fingerprints of those around me. I have always said those who cross my path leave a mark – some have been impressive indeed, while others have caused pain. At the end of the day my life’s journey is made up of those interactions and the imprint others have left. I cannot say I’ve been solely inspired by 1 specific person – but rather the collage of those along the way. Everyone from Mother Teresa, mentors, colleagues, leaders I’ve watched from a distance and those who’ve personally journeyed with me.

Each has influenced me to be the leader I am today and the leader I still aspire to become.

We were never created to walk alone and we cannot get there on our own!!


What is the biggest thing you’ve learned in ministry so far?

The biggest thing I’ve learned in ministry so far…, that’ll be in a book one day☺

Not sure how to narrow it down to be honest. I’d say “one of” the greatest things I’ve learned as a pastor is to not live my life to please others and the journey of life is ALWAYS worth the process.

We’re only ever called to live in obedience to what’s been put before us, to what God’s called us to – not what others think/feel we should be or do.

At the end of the day, it’s about the joy that comes from living in obedience, not convenience.


If you had one piece of advice to give to someone who wanted to do what you do, what would you tell them?

One piece of advice I’d give to someone who wants to be a church planter……be willing to risk and put it all on the line.

Ministry is never easy, no matter your area of influence, but being willing to take steps into the unknown and go for it takes a vulnerability and willingness to look failure in the face and be totally ok with it (let’s face it, it’s totally counter cultural!!).

It’ll be raw at times, exhilarating at others; and no matter what comes down the pipeline – always worth it in the end!!