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Our Pastoral Family

Michael, Danna, Anna Caroline and John Michael Beale

Our pastor is Rev. Dr. Michael J. Beale and his wife and ministry teammate is Danna. They have two wonderful children, Anna Caroline and John Michael. Having served churches for over 25 years, Mike completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Leadership and Preaching through the Beeson Pastor Program at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. His dissertation is weaving its way into relevance at WellSpring and beyond as lives are being changed through the discovery of the link between experiential prayer practices and one’s God-given personality. His “ministry sweet spots” are missions, media, communication, and bringing Greek and Hebrew to modern-day relevance. He also loves integrating technology into the life of WellSpring.

Danna, who has taught elementary school at Coosada Elementary and Pike Road Elementary, among others, will soon be leading the church’s first kindergarten program, Oasis K. Her passions are encouragement, teaching, designing, gardening, prayer walking, and service.  Our family is passionate for travel, blessed to have visited Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and several more wonderful places. Collecting water from St. Patrick’s well outside Downpatrick, Northern Ireland is an experience we will never forget. Visiting churches in each country gave us a glimpse of what God is doing all over the world.  We were blessed to see His fingerprints over each of these trips, from start to finish, with every bump along the way turning into a true testimony!

Michael and Danna Beale (right) and their children, Anna Caroline and John Michael Beale (left). Photo credit to Danna Beale.



  • Mike: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Danna: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Anna Caroline & John Michael: Montgomery, Alabama

Stomping grounds:

  • Mike: Decatur and Conyers, Georgia
  • Danna: Auburn, Alabama (WAR EAGLE!)
  • Anna Caroline & John Michael: Montgomery & Millbrook, Alabama (w/one wonderful year in the beautiful state of Kentucky!)

Favorite quote:

  • Mike: “Set me on fire, and let the world come and see me burn.” (John Wesley)
  • Danna: “Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a weed and planted a flower wherever I thought a flower might grow.” (Abraham Lincoln)
  • Anna Caroline: “Make it count!” (Jack Dawson…”Titanic”)
  • John Michael: “Ichi go ichi e” (translation: “You have one life, so live it well.”)

Favorite music:

  • Mike: Contemporary Christian music, especially Chris Tomlin and Third Day
  • Danna: Jars of Clay, Caedmon’s Call, the Beatles, too many others to list
  • Anna Caroline: Christian folk and Celtic music
  • John Michael: Jazz and 80s pop music

Favorite movies:

  • Mike: Saving Private Ryan, The Matrix, Facing the Giants, The Blind Side
  • Danna: The Shawshank Redemption, The Sound of Music, Stand and Deliver, Facing the Giants, War Room
  • Anna Caroline: Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • John Michael: Castaway, Sully, The Woman in Gold

Life Verse:

  • Mike: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet it is not I who lives but Christ Who lives in me, and the life I now live, I live by faith in Christ Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
  • Danna: “For the eyes of the Lord roam the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
  • Anna Caroline: “He who walks in integrity shall walk securely.” (Proverbs 10:9)
  • John Michael: “May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” (Jude 1:2)