Mark and James are blessed to be Youth Ministers, Worship Leaders, Retreat Coordinators and everything in between. Mark is also a singer, pianist, guitarist and song writer.
Ministry was never part of Mark’s plan and did not hear the call for a closer relationship with God until college. After some discerning (and coaxing by friends and fellow church ministers), he left his career in accounting. He currently is a full time Youth Minister and Music Director at several parishes around San Diego. In addition to his personal ministry (markpjacobmusic.com) he is part of Emmaus Boulevard, a San Diego based praise and worship band made mostly of youth and music ministers (www.emmausblvd.com).
While James lived in Malaga, Spain, he attended the Diocesan Minor Seminary for 5 years. After completing his studies there, he actively discerned the priesthood but, after a few years, God made it clear to him that he was called to ministry as a lay person. Beginning in 2006, he worked with the Youth and Young Adults of his parish in Malaga and, shortly thereafter, he began serving on the Diocesan level. He continued to do so until he moved to the United States in 2014.
James was also blessed to be part of the organization of the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid.