Deacon John McGregor hired as Director of Operations

Deacon John McGregor

Deacon John McGregor, having forty years of experience in management and organizational systems, has been named the Director of Operations for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. 
In the newly created role, Deacon McGregor will be responsible for overseeing and organizing daily operations of the diocese. He will oversee and coordinate the priorities, systems, services and inter-departmental relations of the department directors and other administrative staff consistent with the bishop’s priorities and vision.
Bishop Joseph Kopacz is delighted that Deacon McGregor is joining the diocesan chancery staff. “[He] will guide us to close the gaps that hamper our capacity to serve diocesan ministries more effectively as faithful stewards of diocesan resources, while building upon the strengths that are already at work,” said Bishop Kopacz. “Truly, he is engaging in a ministry of service that is the heart of the diaconate in order to strengthen the Lord’s body in the Diocese of Jackson.”
Deacon McGregor was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Jackson in June 2016. He currently serves as a deacon in Pearl, Mississippi, where he and his wife, Kelly, minister together to the people of St. Jude. He is also the Director of the Permanent Diaconate for the diocese.
Passion to look for new and creative ways to help adult Catholics share and deepen their faith, motivated Deacon McGregor to study theology at the graduate level, earning a master’s degree in biblical studies, a certificate of spiritual direction (Ignatian), as well as, a doctor of ministry degree, with an emphasis in spiritual formation in the local community.
He will begin his duties as Director of Operations, initially by focusing on three questions: Where are we now? Where do we wish we were? How are we going to close the gap?
In his new position, Deacon McGregor is “looking forward to being a member of the diocesan team, forging new ways to serve the parishes and their missions as they work to carry out the mission of the diocese, which is ‘to proclaim Jesus as Savior by living the Gospel, so that all may experience the crucified and risen Lord.’”
John McGregor is married to his high school sweetheart, Kelly Myers. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.