Brad MacKinnon - Youth Minister
423-3057 ext. 223 |
Hi my name is Brad MacKinnon and I am the youth minister for STACM. I come have been involed in ministry since 2002. Starting first in Dartmouth at Blessed John XXIII as a Youth Voulnteer with LIFE TEEN. Then in 2004 I was hired as the Liturgical Coordinator and Youth Minister for Saint Theresa Church. With the help of many people, was on of founding father of LIFE TEEN Halifax in 2005 and have spent the last 5 yrs running the Sunday ministry. The program moved to it’s home at STACM on the Saint Thomas Aquinas site on Sunday Night in August 2007 and has been thriving ever since
I was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and grew up in a small community called Cole Harbour. I grew up attending mass at Blessed John the 23rd parish where LIFE TEEN Dartmouth which has been running since 2001. I was involved in several parish activities including Knights of Columbus, parish council, religious education (gr 2, 3, 7, and 9), youth retreats, and finally as a core member for LIFE TEEN Dartmouth. While being involved in my parish I graduated from high school in 1999 and proceeded to get a degree in arts at Mount Saint Vincent University and have studied at St. FX receive a certificate in minitry and have a Certificate in Youth Ministry from the University of Steubenville in Ohio, USA. I am also currently working on my Masters in Theology and Religious Study at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax.
My faith really came alive when I took a trip to Toronto for World Youth Day in 2002. from that moment on I knew I was called to be involved in ministry in the church and began to discern Gods will in my life. after time discerning the priesthood, I dedicated my life to youth ministry. willing to go anywhere in the world to become a Youth Minister I was pleasantly surprised to be sent here in Halifax to start LIFE TEEN at St. Theresa's.
Blessed John the 23rd, my original parish, was also the parish where I met my beautiful wife Thérèse, and where we got married Nov 6th, 2004. We have two children named Madeleine born Nov 22nd 2006 and was baptized Dec 17th at one of our LIFE TEEN masses in Halifax and James born July 24th 2008 and to be baptized, Oct. 19, 2008 also at the LT Mass.
God has led me to become a full time youth minister at this wonderful parish and spend more time with my wife and kids. He has blessed me with a wonderful life.