Texas Mission Council

Bios of Speakers

JACK JEZREEL Jack is the founder of JustFaith Ministries and was the first Executive Director of the organization. Prior to that, he spent five years in a Catholic Worker community working with men and women who were homeless and, after that, divided his time between faith-based justice education and organic agriculture. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame. He and his spouse Maggie have been married for 32 years and have three adult daughters. Jack is a popular speaker and author of the book, A New Way to Be Church: Parish Renewal from the Outside In (Orbis Books). His work now focuses on presentations, workshops and training to introduce JustFaith programs and local leadership and networking.

DON MCCRABB Don is a pastoral theologian who taught for the Catholic Leadership Institute, the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (Dominican House of Studies), and the Catholic University of America. He served in senior leadership positions for the Catholic Youth Foundation USA, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. McCrabb has extensive experience with Catholic organizations having provided consultation services to the Catholic Apostolate Center, the University of Dayton Campus Ministry, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Saint Bonaventure University, and Sienna Heights University.

He is a published author with articles in the NCEA Seminary Journal, Bible Today, and the Journal of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. He and his wife Barbara co-authored Rise, Take the Child – Reflections on the Vocation of Adoption (Visual Dynamics Publishing, 2015). They have three sons, three grandchildren, and are active parishioners of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, D.C. 

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear. —1Peter 3:15