OFFICIAL: Fr. Mark has appointed Mr. Rick Grinstead as our new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry effective June 11, 2018. Rick will accompany and form our high school youth, direct campus ministry at McDaniel College and foster growing support in the faith for our young adults. After 11 years as Youth Minister at Saint Peter Catholic Church in DeLand, Florida we are delighted to welcome Rick, his wife Stephanie and their seven children as the newest members of our Saint John family as we journey in discipleship together.

More about our new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry: Rick’s goal is simple: “Use the talents God has given me, until I have nothing left to give.”  By his own hardships of growing up in a single parent home to coming face to face with his worst fear, Rick uses his experiences, his humor, and most importantly his love for God to reach out to those who are most in need of his message.

Rick Grinstead has been speaking at conferences and youth rallies for more than 20 years, which include being the keynote speaker at multiple events as well as opening up for Matt Maher at the Alive in You summer camp.  He has worked in the field of youth and young adult ministry for over 23 years and currently serves as the pastoral associate at Saint Peter Parish in DeLand Florida as well as being the campus minister at Stetson University.

Rick has helped to revise and facilitate a program called Antioch that has helped to bring over 10,000 teens closer to Christ in his tenure.  His passion to reach out to youth and young adults has brought him to speak and lead teens in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Illinois, Arkansas, South America, and currently Florida.  His enthusiasm and energy are complemented by his humor and willingness to share from his heart.

Posted by Mark Bialek on Saturday, May 5, 2018