Michel Faulkner - For Comptroller
For more than 30 years, Rev. Michel Faulkner has dedicated his life to serving God and his community. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he was an all-star football player that became a freshman All-American and four-year starter at Virginia Tech. In 1980, Rev. Faulkner graduated with a B.A. in communications.
After college, Rev. Faulkner played two seasons (1980-82) in the NFL, one season with the NY Jets. In 1983, Faulkner returned to Virginia Tech and graduated with a Master’s degree in education and career counseling in 1985. Upon completing of his Master’s degree, he became the Assistant Dean of Students at Liberty University in 1985, and was promoted to Vice President for Urban Ministry in 1987.
In 1988, Rev. Faulkner and his family moved to Times Square in New York City, where he served as Assistant Pastor and Director of the Lamb’s Center for the Lamb’s Church. One year later, he joined the staff of Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan as Pastor for Youth and Community Outreach, where he was ordained as a Baptist minister December 1991. While at Calvary he also served as co-chairman for the New York City Board of Education’s HIV/AIDS Task Force. In addition, he also served as the Vice President for Community Government Relations at King’s College from 1998 to 2002.
In 1993, Rev. Faulkner became the Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was able to grow the congregation from an average of 50 weekly attendees to over 400. He served on Mayor Giuliani’s Task Force on Police Community Relations and Commissioner for the City Charter Revision. Also from June of 2002 to February of 2004, Rev. Faulkner served as World Vision’s Director of U.S. Programs in New York City.
In 2005, Rev. Faulkner founded the Institute for Leadership, a 501-3C organization to develop leaders and bring scalable solutions to difficult community problems. In June 2006, Rev. Faulkner he founded the New Horizon Church of New York in Harlem on the purpose to build bridges between the economically and socially disadvantaged in the name of Christ.
In 2010 Rev. Faulkner he was the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives for New York’s 15th Congressional district. Also in 2010, Rev. Faulkner published his first book “Restoring the American Dream”, which highlights his vision and goals to save the American Dream for future generations.
In September 2015, Rev. Faulkner announced his candidacy for Mayor, but May of this year decided he could best serve the city as it’s next Comptroller. Soon after switching races, Michel was endorsed by the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Parties.
Rev. Faulkner has completed four marathons including the 2010 NYC Marathon which was a lifelong goal for him. In October 27, 2013, he completed the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington D.C. Rev. Faulkner is also a frequent commenter for numerous national and local media outlets.
Rev. Faulkner lost his wife, Virginia, of more than 31 years in February 2013 to lupus. Together they raised three children in New York City – all college graduates. In March 2014, Rev. Faulkner married Dr. Sarai Padilla. She is a practicing psychologist for more than 30 years and has one daughter and three grandchildren.