Director of the Office of Youth Ministry
Active in youth ministry since: June 1995
In this current position since: October 2001
Job description includes: Working with Bishop Burbidge to form and promote the vision of youth ministry for the parishes of the diocese. Oversight of the team within the Office of Youth Ministry.
Current program: Educational, social, and spiritual gatherings for the youth ministers of the diocese. Large events and pilgrimages for teens (as additional resources for our youth ministers). Support to parishes in hiring and developing youth ministry programs.
Favorite Food: Chesapeake Bay Flounder stuffed with Blue Crab Meat (and Old Bay of course!)
Favorite Band: Coldplay
Favorite Pastime: Hiking, spelunking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and camping with the family
Favorite Saint: St. John Bosco
Favorite Scripture: Acts 2:42-47
Favorite Book: The Soul of the Apostolate by Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O.
Why I work in Youth Ministry
I attended WorkCamp in 1995 as a volunteer contractor and discovered that my gifts from the Lord and my motivations in life all pointed me towards this ministry. While I enjoyed parish youth ministry, I believe that I am better at helping other adults to work with young people and to support them in their ministry.
Grew up on a farm in Maryland (I can milk a goat like nobody’s business!), studied Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), and worked for the Navy for 10 years developing weapon systems. Decided to try full-time youth ministry in Alaska, met my wife, accepted my current position in the Arlington Diocese and settled down in Northern Virginia. Received my Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.
We now have six wonderful children and spend much of our time transporting them to their school, sports, and scouting activities throughout the area. I am a member of Youth Apostles Institute and the Fellowship for the New Evangelization; both of these organizations help me to remain grounded in my faith and energized in my ministry.
Birthdate: July 24th