Tomorrow is a BIG day for us at St. Matt’s. Why? Because tomorrow we welcome Grey Maggiano, our new Youth Minister. To help us get better acquainted, Hillary Tattersall interviewed him. Here are a few highlights.
Grey on who he is:
“ I'm a follower of Jesus, a lifelong Episcopalian, married to a wonderful woman and a new father.”
Grey on where he has been:
“It is a long list, but some of the highlights are Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, China, Uganda, Rwanda, Morocco, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, and, of course, Toledo.”
Grey on what he’s done:
"I worked for the State Dept. for five years before going to Seminary. I ran programs training judges, prosecutors, prison guards, police and special agents in Afghanistan working on Drug, Corruption and Terrorism cases. I spent a lot of time traveling back and forth and around Afghanistan..walking through the Taliban wing of prisons interviewing inmates… "
Grey on being a Youth Minister:
"Youth understand God and faith in a way that is simply inaccessible to most adults. They "get it" in a way that most of us don't understand. Because of this, we've basically been going about youth ministry all wrong. We've been trying to make youth more like "us" - giving them rules to follow and standards to adhere to, instead of trying to figure out how we can be more like them - finding joy in late night Mt. Dew binges, finding God in songs by Fun., Lupe Fiasco, or Katy Perry, and loving each other unconditionally and without exception in a way that most adults have, quite plainly, either forgotten how to do or had to relearn."
Grey on faith:
"My overall goal is to make Christianity make sense for our youth. If we give them the skills and ability to seek answers to the difficult questions they are facing, to build an honest and authentic relationship with Jesus, a robust and sincere faith, and a relationship to the Church that can be a spiritual and physical home for them, wherever they are in the world… I think we may actually make a difference in their lives."
In other words, Grey is a very interesting young man with a lot to offer. If you are part of the St. Matt’s family, I hope you’ll join us tomorrow to welcome him. I hope you’ll remember him regularly in your prayers (if you are a prayer, we’d love it if you do that even if you don’t go to St. Matt’s or are not in the area). And I hope you’ll join me in the months ahead in supporting Grey in this important ministry in whatever ways you can.
Personally, I think Grey is as good as they come, and I can't wait to see the great things I know God will do in the lives of our youth as we all join together in this vital work.