Get to Know Jack Shaw – HOPE’s Director of Technical Arts

THE FACTS:

The original Jack-of-all-Trades, Jack has traveled a remarkably circuitous career path. Starting out with a theatre degree, he ran a high school drama program, moved to graduate work in Communications and worked at CBS- then Channel 10 in Phila, had his own video production business, ran the A/V department at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, became the Vice President of Operations for the Battleship New Jersey Museum, was Communications Coordinator for the Greater NJ United Methodist Church, and has served here as Director of Operations and now as Director of Technical Arts. A life-long United Methodist he worked out of Haddonfield UMC in the planting of Hope, but waited 15 years to come over to be ‘sure it would take.’

His much better half for 46 years, his wife Sue, works here as the creator of the screen images seen every Sunday. Their proudest achievement, daughter Heather Mandala, runs the Small Group ministries here at Hope and her husband Kevin is one of the hot guitarists in our praise bands. They live with their children, Meridith and Rachel, across the street from Jack and Sue here in Voorhees.

THE ANSWERS:

One thing I love about my role on staff …

It’s never the same from one day to the next. The creative energy and determination that emanates from every staff member makes every week a celebration of things accomplished mixed with an excited anticipation of what’s to come.

A time I saw God at work in my life …

Regularly.  Many times we would experience a career or planning disappointment to be surprised with a change that ultimately led to much better things.

A book that rocked my world (in addition to the Bible) …

I’m not sure if ‘rocked my world’ would be accurate… but a book that greatly affected me was The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J.M Nouwen. The book interprets Jesus’ parable through the eyes of someone looking at Rembrandt’s master work of the same name. Through it Nouwen relates to each of us in the role of the prodigal son, the father to whom he returns, and the elder son who is called to celebrate the return of his brother.  It is a remarkable collection of thoughts on our relationship to God in different places or seasons of our life. A print of the painting hangs in my office.

One reason I think people should check out HOPE Church …

I think everyone who comes to Hope with an open mind and heart, with a genuine wish to search for and understand a personal relationship with Jesus, will discover a place to do that here. There is a palpable spirit alive here in every experience from corporate worship to small group discussions.

A hobby that I’d love to get into but probably never will ….

I’m planning to write a great mystery novel, but that will probably be after I take up the trombone again, which will probably follow the trip where I watch a baseball game in every major league ball park or …

For more information,

Contact Jack Shaw