Third Place Consulting partners with a diverse, yet focused group of specialists that are knowledgeable and able to bring to the table the collaborative effort necessary to create a successful and sustainable third place.

Michael Trent | Founder & Idea Engineer

Michael created Third Place Consulting after experiencing success as founder, owner, and church bartender at Third Place Cafe in Corona, CA. With nearly 20 years of professional experience – Michael brings a great balance of knowledge and skill from a variety of disciplines including business, cafĂ© ownership, education, youth ministry, project development, design, church planting, and the specialty coffee industry.

Michael’s undergraduate work was focused on ministry and pastoral development; he holds a M.A. in organizational leadership and development from Regent University. He travels the country experiencing and creating environments that enhance and compliment the vision and mission of churches, businesses, and organizations. Michael enjoys speaking and consulting throughout as well as writing and contributing to a variety of publications. Most recently he engineered the initiative Message In Hand – which are conversational coffee sleeves that bring awareness and support to humanitarian causes.