Associate Rector for Youth Ministries
Children and Youth
202-363-4119, ext. 206
Jason Cox joined the staff in August 2011 as Associate Rector for Youth Ministries. Prior to working at St. Columba's, Jason directed the Episcopal Urban Intern Program (a year-long service and discernment program for young adults) in the Diocese of Los Angeles from 2007-2011.
Jason first came to the Episcopal Church in college, after joining the choir of Christ Church Cathedral in Houston. Singing in the cathedral choir led Jason to focus his studies on church music, and Jason earned a Bachelor of Music at the University of Houston with concentrations in organ performance and choral conducting in 2001. Jason served several small parishes in the Diocese of Texas as organist/choirmaster, both as an undergraduate and after completing his music studies.
After college, Jason felt called to explore other kinds of ministry, and he joined the Episcopal Urban Intern Program (EUIP) as an intern in the fall of 2002, working with homeless clients in a transitional housing facility on L.A.'s skid row. During that year, Jason began discernment for ordination. He was sponsored by the Diocese of Los Angeles to attend Virginia Theological Seminary, where he received the Master of Divinity in 2007. Returning to LA, Jason was appointed director of EUIP. During his tenure as director, EUIP expanded from 6 to 15 interns, was sponsored by multiple parishes and served at multiple urban ministry sites across greater Los Angeles.
Jason was also instrumental in founding Episcopal Service Corps, the national network of Episcopal young adult service programs. He continues to serve on the Episcopal Service Corps board as treasurer.