Hometown: Boerne, Texas

Ministry Position: Recruiter

Contact: 210-573-1789 pj@ablaze.us

Education: St. Joseph College – Maine (Currently Pursuing B.A. – Theological Studies)

Ministry Background: I have been serving in youth ministry since 2010 where I started as the Youth Minister and Confirmation Coordinator at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Boerne, TX. In 2015, my family and I sold all that we had and moved to Haiti and served as full-time missionaries with Life Teen International. After serving for two years overseas, we returned to Georgia and I took on a full-time position with Life Teen as the Restore Missions Camp Coordinator. I’ve had the privilege the last few years in working with the Summer Camps Team at Life Teen, coordinating and serving thousands of teens who attend Life Teen Summer Camps.

Passions and interests: As of husband and father of five (almost six) life is a blast! Youth and young adult ministry is a passion that I have been pursuing for over 10 years. Evangelization is a priority and I’m always looking to find those who feel on the outside, seeking to share the Lord’s truth and mercy. I am also a world-renowned taco connoisseur with tortillas being my utensil of choice. The best convos happen when eating REAL Tex-Mex! Going from construction to youth ministry to missionary…it’s no wonder my favorite quote is “sweatin’ and serving”. Whether it’s fishing Legos out of toilets or teaching my kids how to dance cumbias; my wife and I, are always looking to help others encounter Christ.

How did you become involved with Ablaze/why are you involved? I literally went from working construction one day to working in youth ministry another (ask me about it)! I had no training, no clue, but I had a passion to walk with young people. Through my time inquiring about Ablaze, I found myself being so inspired about the prayer and steps that went into the development of this ministry. The dream of
helping others pursue their passion of working with young people – that’s what snagged me!

Favorite quote/Bible verse:

“I know your works; I know you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because
you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” – Revelations 3:15-16

“Families must have the courage to set before young people the radical decision to follow Christ, showing
them how deeply rewarding it is.” – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI