Contact Jack at 585-324-0230 or by email.
Jack has pursued ministry service from a very early age, serving as an accolyte and active in youth ministries. During his college years he held leadership positions with interdenominational and interfaith groups, and studied many different religious ideologies. In the summer of 1985 Jack began his ministry career in upstate NY. Since then he has served in various ministerial positions.
Throughout his ministry career Jack has held leadership positions with churches in the Presbyterian, Free Methodist, Baptist, and Evangelical Free denominations, as well as independent churches in the Rochester, New York area. Positions he has held include family and ministerial care provider, small group coordinator, educational director, marriage counselor, special event and wedding coordinator, creative ministry director, youth minister, children's minister, and senior pastor.
In 2001 Jack became disillusioned by the impersonal approach of organized religion and their strict, dogmatic view of deity and the human condition. He decided to retire from service to large, denominational churches and start a different kind of ministry. He founded Joining Hands, a nondenominational and independent ministry in Rochester, NY in order to offer an alternative to the legalistic, commercial church. This allows Jack to pursue his primary calling - to offer his services to the community, to provide ministerial care and services to those who reject or were rejected by the corporate church, and to promote unity among all humankind.
Joining Hands is an independently chartered, Spiritual Humanist ministry promoting informal, relational fellowship and providing ministry services to those without church affiliation. Along with his work in the church, Jack has also served the community as a member of the Clergy Response Team of the Rochester Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff.
Jack's past service includes faculty member of Rochester Institute of Christian Education, board member and trainer with Child Evangelism Fellowship, counselor with Youth Development International, volunteer manager with Compassion International, and ministry workshop provider for many organizations. He has served on crisis intervention teams in Monroe, Genesee, and Livingston counties.
In addition he has served as an instructor for the Greater Rochester Red Cross and has provided training for family and group childcare providers in New York State. He has also worked in first level advisory and taught transitional classes at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Several area colleges and universities have utilized his services as a public speaker, and he is referred by university chapels in the Rochester area.
Jack has completed the Monroe County Sheriff's Clergy Academy Program and The Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network Street Gang Intervention Program. In addition he has received training from the Western NY Association of Chiefs of Police, the East Coast Gang Investigation Association, and the US Attorney General's Office.
He and his wife Lorraine make their home in Rochester, NY.