With springtime comes new growth, and Paradisus Dei is no exception! The ministry welcomes two new staff members: Chris Scroggin in Development and James Martinez in Program Coordination. On the program side of the ministry, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of people who want to help the ministry expand. We like to think of it as a renewed missionary spirit! We gratefully embrace the new energy and opportunities both forms of growth offer.

Meet the new staff

Chris Scroggin recently joined the ministry as our first Vice President in Development. He brings a wealth of development experience, having previously served in key roles at Heroic Media, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Legionaries of Christ.

Finding the right person to lead Paradisus Dei’s Development function, with the appropriate tone, approach, and understanding of the mission, was no small task. Steve Bollman describes Chris’ fit for this important role, “Chris is a wonderful, dedicated Catholic with an incredible background in development in Catholic ministry. He will help us to tell a story that no one else can tell…help us raise the funds we need to tell our story – which will ultimately help us transform lives.

Chris is looking forward to the challenge as well. “What I am most looking forward too is building a very solid Development program for Paradisus Dei so that it can do what God is calling it to do in society today: ultimately bring men and families closer to Christ and His superabundant grace.” His passion and faith provide the foundation for taking on this crucial work, “I am passionate about this mission. I love Jesus Christ and His Church and my brothers and sisters in the Faith, and I want to see His Kingdom ultimately come in the hearts of all men and women.

James Martinez will join the ministry in May as a new Program Coordinator, one of the staff members who work directly with parishes to implement or continue Paradisus Dei programs. He is well suited for the role, given his background in recruiting and customer service, and his enthusiasm is contagious!

Paradisus Dei isn’t just a family ministry, it’s a family business! What a joy!” he said. He reinforced his excitement to be working in the Catholic arena, “I am most looking forward to communicating with and working alongside Catholic brothers and sisters in various parishes.

Those who work regularly with Program Coordinators know how important it is to have “the right person” in place. Mark Hartfiel, Vice President of Paradisus Dei, had this to say about James, “He has the heart of a servant…the local parishes are going to love working with him.” Jamie Gonzales, head of Program Coordination added, “James is going to be a great fit for our team. He has an authenticity and kindness that will be appreciated by all those he works with.” James’ passion for the faith and his desire to humbly serve caused Steve Bollman to predict, “Without question, he’s going to help set Core Teams on fire, which will help set their men on fire.

Reflecting on how impactful having the right people in place to further Paradisus Dei’s mission, Steve Bollman reflected, “Paradisus Dei continues to grow and expand. As we do, we need talented individuals in love with the Lord to help us continue our mission. Every day, I pray to the harvest master for laborers in the vineyard because the fields are indeed ripe for harvest. Chris and James are certainly gifts from the Lord to help us in our mission of a new evangelization.

Renewed Missionary Spirit

Steve’s comments flow nicely into program expansion. Growth for Paradisus Dei happens primarily through the testimony of our participants. We have been blessed to hear powerful stories of individuals who were deeply moved due to the transformation they experienced from participating in That Man is You! and The Choice Wine. Furthermore, some feel called by the Holy Spirit to spread the word to others. Just last week, one TMIY participant enthusiastically contacted us saying, “The impact of this program is beyond anything else out there. Every parish should be doing this! How do we make that happen?

The missionary spirit is building. Personal testimony was a powerful tool around the time of Christ, and it remains an equally powerful tool today. Imagine the difference it would make if the personal testimony of each of our weekly participants compelled just one other person to attend. That would double the number of people actively engaged from approximately 35,000 to 70,000. Imagine the impact that would have on our culture!

If you are feeling that same “nudge” to share your story or spread the word, please prayerfully consider doing so. If you need help with how to get started, contact us at info@paradisusdei.org or 281-974-3541.

As the Paradisus Dei mission video so eloquently states, we are building a civilization of love. We thank God for this work, and to do it, all of us, together.

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