Rev. Michael F. Bannon


Roots/Hobbies & Interests/Affiliations: Professional Personal

I was born in Ingersoll, Ontario Canada, one of nine children; my parents were faithful Roman Catholics. The Roman Catholic Church was the foundation for our lives: I attended a Catholic elementary school, served as an altar boy with my four brothers, and it seemed my family was at the church whenever the doors were opened. It was in my teenaged years that Roman Catholicism faded into irrelevance for me. No surprise then that when I left home to attend university, my relationship with the Roman Catholic Church ended.

Early in life, I showed an aptitude for the arts learning several instruments, writing poetry and studying art and music in high school. Upon graduating, I entered the University of Western Ontario with a music major and completed one year when, dissatisfied, I left the program. I worked for a year, studied jazz guitar and played in a band on the weekend. I grew in maturity that year and with a greater sense of purpose, decided to enter the Classical Animation program at Sheridan College of Applied Arts in Oakville Ontario, and learned the art of film animation. After two years, I was eager to put those skills to work. A man came to the school looking for someone to help him open a studio in a small city near my home town. My instructors directed him toward me, and I began my animation career. At that time, animation was very expensive to produce and it was difficult to find clients in that market who could afford our product. A year later, the studio closed, and I was hired by a new animation studio in Toronto, Canada to work on the Scooby Doo cartoon series.

For three years our small group of artists produced the animation for The New Adventures of Scooby Doo, and for other projects as well, including The Flintstones, The Smurfs and a feature-length movie. It was the early 1980s, and a downturn in the economy brought closed that studio. Fortunately, a band in which I was playing on weekends had secured a job on a cruise ship sailing out of Miami FL. It was a young man’s dream, literally a time of wine, women and song. What is remarkable is that it was in the pursuit of the lusts of the flesh that the stage was being set for me to meet the living God. It was just as the psalmist wrote, “If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me” (Psalm 139:8-10).


I have been called a renaissance man, and I suppose the appellation is fair since my hobbies and interests are wide and varied:

Hobbies & Interests

Affiliations: Professional Personal