Jack is married to his wife Patty and they live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. He has long been a student of culture, always looking the world through two lenses at the same time the cultural and the theological. His undergraduate studies through the University of Pittsburgh led him to spend several years abroad training in French and Spanish business translation. Near the end of his undergraduate career he had a profound Christian faith encounter with the Scriptures and fell in love with the Lord through them. In turn he began to volunteer teaching at his local Episcopal Church with young people.
Soon afterwards, he started taking courses in Biblical and Systematic theology at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. After graduating and being ordained in 1995 he served for eight years at the Church of the Ascension, overseeing student ministries, foreign missions and as an Assistant Rector. In 2002 He moved to England, undertook Ph.D research at King’s College, London and served as a Chaplain at New College, Oxford. He completed his Ph.D. in 2007, looking at the role of popular culture (film in specific) in the religious lives of American teenagers.
He is currently Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Catechesis Taskforce for the Anglican Church in North America. His research interests are concerned with issues of ancient creedal faith lived out in contemporary contexts, focusing on catechesis, popular culture and mission in North America.