Elder Michael Hartwell has served as pastor-teacher, shepherd of the St Andrew P B Church family fellowship for the last five years. During this time, Pastor Hartwell has sought to encourage believers to walk worthy of the vocation to which we have been called and to shine as lights in this darkened world.
Elder Hartwell was licensed to the gospel ministry by the Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church, and ordained by the Consolidated Flint River and Running Water Primitive Baptist Association and served as pastor of the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Church for ten years. During that time he served as treasurer of the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship, mission director and parliamentarian for the Mallard Creek Primitive Baptist Association. He is currently the Vice-President of CARES.
Elder Hartwell retired after 31 years of federal service from the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), where he served in a variety of positions from Research Physicist, Electronics Engineer, Program Manager for the Hydra 70/2.75 Rocket Program, Associate Director for Program Management Support in the Integrated Materiel Management Center, and Deputy Program Executive Officer for the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space. During his career Elder Hartwell was awarded the U S Army Materiel Command Top Ten Outstanding Personnel of the Year Award, two Assistant Secretary of the Army Commendations, two Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, the Ernest A. Young Logistician of the Year Award, the Society of Logistics Engineers Logistician of the Year, the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, and the Department of the Army Life Cycle Logistician of the Year Award.
Elder Hartwell has been married nearly 42 years to Darala Millsap who is a graduate of Alabama A&M University with a BS in Sociology and a Master’s in Counseling. She retired from the Huntsville City Schools after having served 22 years as a classroom teacher and school counselor. The Hartwell’s children: a daughter, Michael, is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Alabama A&M University and civilian Senior Military Analyst with the Army Capability Integration Center; a daughter, Frances, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Alabama and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and William J. Fulbright Scholar, who received a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center; and a son, Jonathan, who received a BS in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama Law School. Jonathan was licensed to preach by the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Church and is married to Dr. Victoria Towner-Hartwell.