About Me

Vertical Paths is the vision of Retired Army Chaplain, Mike Chitwood who believes that, “the journey is the destination.” Being an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Mike strives to encourage people through circumstances, even the negative ones. Seeking to grow vertically on our path together!

Before retiring from the Army, Mike advised First Sergeants, Junior Officers, all the way up to a One Star General on related matters to lead their troops effectively. While religious matters were a frequent topic, other issues emphasized leadership, morale, and long-term strategic thinking associated with the personal needs of each Soldier.

Additionally, Mike is a highly-effective project manager. 11 years ago, he led the Alabama Army National Guard to begin a Suicide Prevention Program program. The result being over 10,000 Soldiers receiving Suicide Prevention training, and the program is still in use today.

More recently, Mike organized the Thanksgiving Build-A-Meal drive for low-income Soldiers stationed across the island of Oahu, Hawaii resulting in more meals than any other year. Lastly, he developed a Religious Support phone application for the Army Chaplain Corps, the first of his kind. No, Mike isn’t a technological specialist. Instead, he used his ability to get different entities to work together to create a one-of-a-kind solution.

Beyond the Army, Mike has worked with a variety of different ministry approaches. From various denominations to pastoring churches to helping social ministries, he finds value in any direction that loves both God and neighbor.

Primarily, Mike is open to helping churches transition between pastors or businesses transition towards the future. Either way, with his project management experience and ability to advise, he looks forward to working with you and your organization soon.

In the meantime, be encouraged by his essays and videos. From adventures with his wife Amy, their dog Gizmo, and his hobbies, Mike believes there are lessons and an encouragements in all things. Let’s then grow and journey with purpose.