Michael Caleb Garret is a year older as of today, which means we have the privilege of getting to know him a little more through the latest “Coffee & Conversation” feature. Michael is a vital component to our Quality Assurance team (as he points out, he makes up half of it), and we’re incredibly thankful for him. Check out what makes this fascinating dude so fascinating: 

Q. What is your role at EventBooking and what do you like about that role?

A. I’m half of the Quality Assurance and Education department. QAED tests EventBooking’s software, documents expected behavior, and produces help materials for our clients. I have a natural bent toward teaching and writing, and the education responsibilities fall in line with those interests.

Q. Describe your “perfect” meal, complete with dessert.

A. For the entree, I’d have to go with either curry or sushi. My favorite dessert is pecan pie, though I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t go well with either of those dishes.

Q. What’s something about you that might surprise people?

A. I was born with a completely different first, middle, and last name, but started going by “Michael” when I was ten. The day after my eighteenth birthday, I was able to legally change my name to what it is now. I celebrate that day (my “name day”) much more than I do my birthday.

Q. What is one of your favorite places that you’ve traveled to? Why?

A. My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Japan, visiting Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. The trip was a culmination of our shared appreciation for Japanese history and culture. It also now serves as the backdrop of our first memories together as husband and wife.

Q. What’s your favorite movie? Favorite book (or favorite Artist/Band)?

A. It’s always hard for me to pick a particular work that stands out, so here are some of my favorite creators:
• Director: Christopher Nolan
• Fiction Author: Brandon Sanderson
• Nonfiction Author: C.S. Lewis

Q. What’s something you’re passionate about? 

A. I’ve been working in children’s and youth ministry for slightly more than half of my life. It can be easy to forget as an adult how soul-crushing the mundane aspects of childhood can be to them at times, not even accounting for experiences that would devastate someone decades older. Kids need to be surrounded by as much unconditional love and support as possible to help them meet their potential. I make jokes about how I feel old every time one of them transitions from middle to high school or high school to college, etc. At the same time, it’s incredibly fulfilling to see someone find their identity and know that you played a role in helping them on their journey.

Q. Who inspires you?

A. Jesus Christ, for more reasons than I could ever sufficiently explain. To pick out one: his example of radical forgiveness and love in the face of injustice and pain.

Happy Birthday, Michael! You are loved!