I started as a campus team leader with the movement in Halifax at Dalhousie University, since then I have grown in leadership and taken on the Atlantic Regional Manager role and now I will be moving to Toronto to be the Central Regional manager. I have a beautiful wife Mylene, and three children: Max, Audrey and Philip. Prior to CCO I had been working as the Director of youth ministry for Annunciation of the Lord Parish, for 6 and a half years. I have a heart for parish renewal and transformation. In joining CCO staff, I have the privilege to do ministry on campuses with students. Sharing Christ with others is clearly a passion of mine, but it wasn’t always this way.
I grew up in Guelph, Ontario, with my parents and my older brother. My family was Catholic and we always went to church on Sundays but faith never resonated with me personally. My lifestyle and beliefs did not align with the Catholic faith in the slightest. In my last year of high school, though, everything changed. My mom signed me up for a Steubenville conference and I reluctantly attended. During a time of adoration, I was challenged to allow Christ to come into my heart. When I did this, I experienced God in a profound way with Him healing me and forgiving me of my past sins. I truly felt His love, and there I placed God at the centre of my life. I have not looked back since.
After this, I spent a year as a missionary with NET Ministries of Canada, which was an amazing year that really formed me in my faith. Directly afterward I was hired as a family and youth coordinator up in Nunavut for the summer, and in the fall I accepted a position at Annunciation of the Lord Parish in Ottawa as the Director of Youth Ministry. I am so grateful for my time there. It was in working at this parish that I matured in my understanding of mission and ministry as well as the place where I began a relationship with my wife. During this time I also simultaneously completed a degree in Theology at Dominican University College.
While I really enjoyed my ministry at Annunciation, I felt God calling me to discern something different for the coming year. I wasn’t sure whether I should remain at the parish or move onto a different path. CCO was always an option, but I never considered it too seriously. As you may know, my wife is the daughter of the founders of CCO, Andre and Angele, so I was always quite close with the movement. In praying and discerning where I was led to go, I really felt CCO burning on my heart. This was a struggle for me, as it felt as if this was just the “easiest choice”. What God led me to see was that this was actually the more difficult decision and also the one that would lead to the most fruit. CCO and all it stands for aligns perfectly with everything I stand for. What a perfect movement to devote my life to!
I am beyond excited to continue ministry as the Central Regional Manager and I truly feel that this is what God has prepared me for up to this point. I am excited to see the fruits that will come!