Connecting Youth and Church – Fr. Jason Roll

It is an honor and blessing to interview Fr. Jason Roll.  He is the National Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, a former director of Ionian Village, a husband, father, and a Priest.  If you have ever had the opportunity to meet him you know that he is one of the most warm, welcoming, and friendly people on the planet.

He is a kid at heart, who has a big heart.  His insightful, inclusive, and humble approach, and love for the Church and our youth, is evident and reflected in the work he does. It is with these qualities that he leads our youth and young adults, and we are so blessed to have him.

At the moment, Fr. Jason and his ministry team are coming up with exciting new initiatives that will soon “bee” revealed.  I can’t wait to see the exciting things that are ahead for our youth and am so thankful for all his hard work.

Hello my Name is: Fr. Jason Roll

My patron saint is: Saint Jason, April 29

As a child, my favorite children’s book was: “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Henry Huggins”.

My job is: National Director of The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (wow, that’s a long title!)

What I love about my job: I don’t really have to grow up I get to combine so many things I love – God, the Orthodox faith, our church, and working with youth and young adults on a daily basis. For a guy like me, it’s a dream come true!

If I could tell our youth one thing it would be: I’ll combine a few things into one. When I was young, there was a TV show called “Kids Are People Too.” I don’t remember much about the show, but the title always gave me confidence that I am accountable for my actions, regardless of my age. I always respected my parents but had my own journey to travel and having our society acknowledge that, inspired me. That being said, don’t wait for people to do things for you. Take initiative to learn and do for yourself. Find the good in others because God gave some good in all people. Learn more about your faith and our church on your own and don’t wait for someone to show up at your home to give you private lessons. And in all things you do, pray. Even if it’s just doing your cross, do it often and before taking on any new task. The more I did that growing up, the easier it was to remain calm, confident, and strong in my beliefs. Remember – being a Christian doesn’t mean you have to talk about it being one all the time. It means you have to try your best to live like one all the time.

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