Dr. Jimmy Walters

Living a Life of Gratitude & Appreciation

Dr. Jimmy Walters


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


I am a leader in Catholic youth and college ministries, a doctoral and undergraduate faculty member, and scholarly researcher in faith development.

Six years ago, I developed the innovative Appreciative Discipleship model to invite and engage youth and young adults after Confirmation to remain engaged in their parishes and faith communities.


Presenting on Telecare Telethon 2017 with SJU Catholic Scholars


I currently serve as the Director of the Catholic Scholars and Residence Ministry at St. John’s University, Faculty Member in the Department of Education at St. John’s University, Youth Minister in the Diocese of Brooklyn, and Instructor in the Diocese of Brooklyn.



With Masters degrees in Theology and Human Counseling, and a Doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership from the Graduate School of Education at St. John’s University, I am a mixed methods researcher with a special interest in faith-based leadership, Catholic higher education and faith formation.



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

I have presented both locally and nationally on Appreciative Discipleship and faith formation, and my research was recently published in the Journal of Appreciative Education.

If I am not working, you will find me rooting hard for the 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 one in September.


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


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



This is my personal blog. Any opinions expressed here do not represent my employer or anyone with whom I work.