Michael Freeman grew up in Compton, California. After graduating from Compton High School, he attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1978, Michael joined World Impact (an urban missions organization).
Between 1988 and 1997, he served as director of World Impact's branch in Chester, an urban community in the Philadelphia area. He and the World Impact Chester staff established Frederick Douglass Christian School - an elementary school for low-income underserved children. After returning back to Los Angeles, in 1997, Michael worked with the Watts branch of World Impact.
In 2002, he resigned from World Impact and became the co-founder and executive director of Elevate Your G.A.M.E. Michael is, also, the author of an audio book entitled, “Seven Days in the Hood.” He and his wife, Glynette, have raised two children, Isaiah and Eboni.