Rabbi Mikha’el (Michael) Bugg was raised within the Christian faith and after a period of backsliding in his teens, dedicated his life completely to the L-RD in 1998 after a family crisis revealed to him the shallowness of his former faith. Shortly thereafter, he received his call to ministry and began studying the Scriptures and leading a small-group Bible study in earnest.
In 2002, Michael experienced his first Pesach (Passover) Seder when Rabbi Scott Sekulow was invited to his home church, and it was this, in combination with realizing the true import of Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:17-20 and discovering the writings of David H. Stern, which led to a radical change in his life as he discovered the joys of the Torah.
In 2004, on the Feast of Sukkot, Michael discovered the Congregation of Beth HaMashiach, where he was taken under the generous tutelage of Rabbi Gavri’el. In 2006, he was licensed as a Messianic minister and given responsibility for the congregation’s prison and teen ministries.
In 2009, he married and became both a husband and a father. While Michael’s own Jewish heritage is somewhat muddled (he cannot claim that his mother is Jewish, nor was he raised in the synagogue), his wife and therefore his children are fully Jewish, and his son was circumcised by an Orthodox rabbi on the eighth day in recognition of this. In short, he said to his wife, “Your people shall be my people,” and formally proselytized several months before proposing as his commitment to raise his children in a Jewish household.
On October 30, 2010, Michael graduated from the yeshiva of the Union of Conservative Messianic Jewish Synagogues and was formally ordained as a rabbi within that organization. Three years later, he completed a three-year internship under Rabbi Gavri’el Moreno-Bryars and began laying the groundwork for Reforging the Menorah (RtM) Ministries. He has departed from Congregation Beth HaMashiach and is currently taking a sabbatical from active ministry while working on a book which will be the cornerstone of his new ministry.