Jeff Ghering
Jeff Ghering

Coordinator of Formation and Resources

Office Phone: 703-841-2559

Active in Youth Ministry since: 2008

In current position since: March 2017

Job description includes:  Assisting the Executive Director of the Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries in setting a vision for youth ministry in the diocese. I work alongside the Executive Director in developing training opportunities for Directors of Youth Ministry, including oversight of the Certificate of Youth Ministry program. I also provide and develop resources for Directors of Youth Ministry.

Favorite Food(s): Whatever my wife is cooking!

Favorite Band: Coldplay

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with my family - outdoor recreation, movie nights, road trips, etc.!

Favorite Saint: St. Joseph

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 139

Favorite Book: “Christ, the Sacrament of the Encounter with God” by Fr. Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P. followed closely by pretty much anything by John Paul II.

Why I work in Youth Ministry
It is a great joy and passion for me to assist (by God's grace!) the Holy Spirit in putting young people in touch with Jesus! I enjoy very much the work of youth ministry: the prayer, planning and scheduling involved in setting an occasion (a youth night, retreat or other event) in which to reach young people for Christ.

About Me
Born in Michigan, I spent much of my youth in the Wolverine state (Go Blue!). However, I attended junior high and high school in Manassas, VA, returning to Michigan in the summertime (my folks kept their home in Michigan). After high school, I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville. My experience at Steubenville energized and solidified my faith.

I had wanted to be a meteorologist, so I transferred from Franciscan to the University of Oklahoma to study meteorology. Being a church-going Catholic living in the dorms, I quickly became known as “church-guy”. I found myself enjoying the many conversations I had about Jesus and the Catholic Faith - much more than my meteorology studies. I quickly decided to switch career paths for a life of church work and ministry.

I ended up receiving a Bachelor's in Theology from Ave Maria College. After working as a residence director at Ave Maria, I went to Rome to study graduate Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum), where I met my wife. I received the Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.), equivalent to a Master's in coursework, from the Angelicum.

Since then, I have worked in Catholic high school education and campus ministry, parish youth ministry, religious education for children and adults and evangelization.

My wife and I are blessed with seven children.

I am excited to join the Office of Youth Ministry in bringing my background and experience to the team in our important efforts at serving the leaders of youth ministry and youth in the parishes!

Birthdate: April 11