About Us

I’m Mike Kurtyka a leader in Upper Room Church, a church plant of Communitas International (CI) in Glasgow, Scotland. Upper Room is an English & Farsi speaking church – given our large number of Farsi speakers from Iran, Afghanistan and Kurdish areas. Carol leads Upper Room’s Women’s & Children’s Ministry and uses her gift of hospitality to host people in our home and a weekly bible study for women.

We are originally from Hagerstown, Maryland U.S.A. and I (Mike) am a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and Carol is a graduate of Shippensburg University. After university, Mike worked for Citibank for 12+ years before joining the team here. Carol and I quickly had Harrison so after uni, Carol became a full-time mother raising our children – she did pretty well!

After working as a full-time staff member with CI, Mike ran a business for 7 years and now works full-time for a private company supporting students that study abroad.

With our three kids – Harrison, Lily & Sophie – we have been living in Glasgow since 2002.

You can learn more about Communitas here:


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