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A convert to the Catholic faith, Jason Shanks was raised Methodist. During college at Miami University of Ohio, he became active in an evangelical Protestant organization and began investigating the beliefs of Protestantism. This investigation ultimately led him, much to his surprise, to the Catholic Church. Jason sites his discovery of the Catholic understanding of the Eucharist as the ultimate turning point of his conversion process, saying, “I knew then, I had to be Catholic.”
Since his conversion in 1999, Jason has worked in many areas of ministry, but he finds speaking with groups on various issues of faith to be the most rewarding. Jason has held positions as a youth minister in the Catholic Church, is the co-founder of a Catholic youth camp for junior high students, and was President of Greater Columbus Right to Life for two years. He recently received an award for his work with GCRTL. He has published articles in Catholic magazines and newspapers, and has spoken to various groups and ages about the Catholic faith.
Jason has a Masters in Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum with a concentration in Evangelization. Later he would go on to receive a Master in Nonprofit Administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. For eight years Jason served in pastoral ministry as both pastoral associate and parish administrator. Currently he is the Secretariat Leader for Evangelization and Parish Life for the Diocese of Toledo.
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