Jeff Hedglen and UTA Students - Arlington, Texas
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - PS 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
I was born in Simi California, but moved to Michigan at age 5 so I do not remember much of my west coast origins. I spent the next eleven years working in the family business, which was cleaning lots of stuff.
In 1981 my life changed forever for two reasons. First, I moved to Texas, where I still live. Second, I discovered that God was not simply watching me from a distance, but that God could be a person in my life. This is called many things by many people: a conversion, the day my personal relationship with Jesus started, the day I was saved… suffice it to say that in December of 1981 my faith life was changed forever and Jesus became the center of my life. Everyday since then has been a struggle to maintain that Center.
1992 was another huge year. I traveled to Germany and met Monika, the woman who would soon become my wife, best friend, greatest support, and the love of my life.
I spent 25 years as the Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Fort Worth. Along the way I completed a BA in Sociology from UT Arlington and a MTS in Theology from the University of Dallas. Since January 1 2012 I have been the Catholic Campus Minister at UT Arlington and in December 2014 became the Director of Campus and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Fort Worth.
In addition to these duties I am the Director of Camp Fort Worth (www.campfortworth.org) and I write a column for the North Texas Catholic, the newsmagazine for the Diocese of Fort Worth.
I love the local sports teams and I read and watch crime/drama books, movies and television. I willingly admit that I am a "cat person" I love it when they choose to sit on my lap, which is not as often as I would like. I suppose that may be how God feels about me...
My favorite days are the ones I get home early and get to have a 5 minute or 3 hour conversation with Monika, since 1994 we have yet to run out of things to talk about.
I am a blessed person!