Diocese of Grand Rapids selects former Rogers Department Store official to position

A former Rogers Department Store official was recently named the new chief financial officer  for the Diocese of Grand Rapids.


Bishop David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, has announced that Michael Lown will be taking over the role on Jan. 9.


Lown will be responsible for the broad range management of the diocese’s financial activities, human resources, information technology, investments, insurance, property, and legal matters. He will also work closely with parishes, schools, and related foundations.


“I am pleased to bring Michael on board,” said Bishop Walkowiak. “His previous experiences and commitment to the Catholic Church and community service make him an ideal candidate for this position.”


Before joining the diocese, Lown served as the corporate controller for The Motorcycle Company LLC in Grand Rapids. His previous experiences include accounting and finance positions with DP Fox LLC / FMG Holdings LLC and Rogers Department Store in the Greater Grand Rapids area.


In addition, Lown continues to volunteer many hours to Catholic organizations in the diocese, currently serving as treasurer on the Aquinas College Board of Trustees and as chair of the school board at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School. He is a parishioner at Saint Thomas the Apostle in Grand Rapids.


Lown earned a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College and is a certified public accountant (CPA) in the State of Michigan.