Hello everyone! My name is Chris and I am the new youth minister here at SJN Canton! I want to begin by thanking Mary, Fr. Ron, the teen leaders, the adult team, and everyone who has welcomed me and worked hard to make sure that the transition of youth ministers has gone smoothly. I am very grateful for their hard work and am excited to work at such a supportive parish!
I was born and raised here in Canton (attended Hoben, Discovery, FGR Ann Arbor, and Madonna University where I earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Pastoral Care). For the past five years I have lived in Chicago while working on a Master of Divinity and a Master of Social Work through Loyola Chicago and the Catholic Theological Union. I am kind of a professional student!Me working at the Peacebuilders Initiative
Youth ministry has been my passion since I was in high school myself. I attended the LIFE TEEN program at OLGC in Plymouth during high school and went on to coordinate that program in college. While in Chicago I served my parish and the archdiocese as a domestic violence minister, a crisis counselor, and a youth bereavement counselor. Here in Detroit I was also a part of the AOD's Ministry to Incarcerated Youth. After all of that though, I am really excited to be back in parish ministry!
I am pretty laid back-- my hobbies include reading, sitting on porches, and making playlists on any music app I can get my hands on. I also enjoy spending time with my family (my parents also live here in Canton, and my sisters live in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids). Not sure what else to tell you about myself, I look forward to getting to know everyone better in the coming weeks and months!
I am a strong believer in parish-based youth ministry but also know that true training for discipleship happens at home in the family. So I look forward to working with both the teens and the parents in this parish! If you are around this summer I would love to meet you-- give me a call or stop by the youth ministry office to introduce yourself!