Dr. Jimmy Walters

Living a Life of Gratitude & Appreciation

Dr. Jimmy Walters

 

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James R.  (Jimmy) Walters, Ed.D., is a lay leader, scholar, researcher, author, and teacher in spirituality and ministry. With over twelve years of professional ministerial experience in Campus Ministry at St. John’s University (NY) and twenty years of ministerial experience in Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Walters specializes in Appreciative Inquiry, faith formation and spirituality, and leadership development with youth and young adults.

Walters scholarly research and approach to ministry builds upon the organizational model of Appreciative Inquiry, research in positive psychology, and the K-16 model of Appreciative Education.Appreciative Inquiry was utilized in the creation of a multi-million-dollar Catholic faith formation and academic program known as the Catholic Scholars at St. John’s University. This program recently received national recognition as the recipient of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association’s 2018 Exemplary Award in Ministry.

 

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In St. Peter’s Square with 1st cohort of Catholic Scholars in 2014.

Walters currently utilizes this model as professional development with colleagues and in a freshmen seminar, and in doctoral course in the Graduate School of Education at St. John’s University. He has also presented locally and nationally on this topic. 

Most recently, Walters structured and facilitated a four-week youth ministry course for the Diocese of Brooklyn based on this model. He also facilitates workshops throughout the year for the Catholic Youth Ministry Initiative for the Diocese of Brooklyn and for higher education. He has also appeared on local and national media outlets discussing the role of youth and young adult ministry.

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Presenting on Telecare Telethon 2017 with SJU Catholic Scholars

Walters currently utilizes this model as professional development with colleagues and in a freshmen seminar, and in doctoral course in the Graduate School of Education at St. John’s University. He has also presented locally and nationally on this topic. 

Most recently, Walters structured and facilitated a four-week youth ministry course for the Diocese of Brooklyn based on this model. He also facilitates workshops throughout the year for the Catholic Youth Ministry Initiative for the Diocese of Brooklyn and for higher education. He has also appeared on local and national media outlets discussing the role of youth and young adult ministry.

The author currently serves as the Director of the Catholic Scholars and Residence Ministry at St. John’s University and as a Youth Minister for the Diocese of Brooklyn. This ministry allows him to listen and to respond to the needs of his students and young people. In that same spirit, Walters has developed weekly community service and reflection experiences in New York City. He has facilitated service immersion trips for college students to New Orleans, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Lourdes, France to respond to the material and spiritual needs of the communities in which they served.

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Some of the amazing leaders I serve with in youth ministry at St. Mel’s Parish in Whitestone, Queens.

As a recipient of multiple grants and recognitions, Walters continues to develop opportunities to capture Catholic leadership and formation, especially with, but not limited to, the “Millennial Generation” and “Generation Z.” 

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Walters presenting at high school leadership day (read more here)

Walters is a published author on the topic of Appreciative Inquiry and faith formation. His work has been published in the Journal of Appreciative Education, and on the international website for the Vincentian community, Famvin.org. 

If I am not working, you will find me rooting hard for the sometimes Amazing New York Mets. I am a writer, artist and admirer of country music and Motown, among other music from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Finally, I am married to the love of my life and we have a daughter who will be two in September.

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My inspiring family at Shea’s baptism at St. Thomas More Church on the campus of St. John’s University, New York.

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Shea’s first Opening Day and Mets game in April 2017.

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Shea and Jimmy at the Philadelphia zoo in 2018.

 

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