About Michael

A life-long gambler turned pastor and author, I’m working to reach the lost in the Bible Belt and other ‘christiany’ cultures as a missionary to both the unreached and the ‘reached’; those that have missed the point of the gospel, been hurt by the church, or want to be freed from moralism. I’m passionate about infecting other churches with elevating faithfulness over an emphasis on excellence.

As a publisher, author, and consultant at Hungry Planet, I run an independent publishing imprint and communications company with my wife that’s produced over 20 bestsellers and sold 1.4 million books. I help authors, publishers, churches, and organizations reach a visually-engaged culture. Specifically, I create innovative ideas that connect faith and real life through sermons and books for a post-literate culture (people that can, but don’t like to read.)

I’ve also authored or co-authored a number of books including Die Young, Own It, Almost Sex, Independence Day, God Guy, Devotions for the God Guy, the God Guy Devotional Bible and the 2010 Christian Book of the Year for Youth- B4UD8 (Before You Date.) I am married to an even more bestselling author, Hayley DiMarco, and father to our daughter.

My background includes a degree in mass communication, hosting talk radio, coaching volleyball at the university level, working as a teacher/presenter at the largest Bible software company in the world, minister to young adults at a large church in Nashville, and stints as a marketing and creative strategist for some of the largest organizations and ministries around.

Raised in Oregon, now in Nashville, TN, I travel extensively speaking to and about the next generation and the role of faith in their lives.

What influencers say about Michael and Hungry Planet:

“Hungry Planet consistently creates messages and books that connect with students and their parents, tackle the toughest topics that they face, and they pull no punches in offering authentic, and oftentimes hard truth that readers need to hear.”
Dr. Jim Burns, PhD. – Founder of HomeWord (formerly YouthBuilders) and author of Creating an Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

“Recently I was planning an off-site leadership retreat for our ministry and needed just the right voice to swoop in, understand our culture, speak into our souls and spark engaging and thoughtful conversation. I called Michael DiMarco. Michael has the unique gift of being able to discern cultural nuances while being able to ask difficult questions in a disarming way. The manner in which he facilitates strategic conversations communicates to me that he’s a leader who is striving to place his finger on the pulse of what God is up to in a culture that’s running counter to that same pursuit. “
Matt Markins
President of Awana®