Jason has been the youth minister at UCC since August 2008, but he first began working with the youth ministry in 1999 as a volunteer while he was an ACU graduate student. In 2005, he and his wife Karla moved to the Phoenix area to do full-time youth ministry but after three years returned home to continue their work with their UCC family.
Jason and Karla met at UCC in 2002 and married in 2003. They have three daughters, Kaila, Alexa and Ana Lucia. Jason has bachelor’s degrees in youth and family ministry and psychology from ACU, and is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. He also has 27 graduate hours in digital media.
Jason believes his entire life, especially the highs and lows of the adolescent years, prepared him for youth ministry. During those years, he was involved in baseball, football, basketball, band and medical career explorers. He started off chubby and short and finished tall and skinny. He had acne, braces, cowlicks, four eyes, a crackly voice, giant feet (size 15) and no coordination. But he did have a church family and a youth group that loved and supported him and helped him grow into someone who really gets what teens are going through and can help them grow through them as well. For that reason especially, Jason loves youth ministry.