Knox to Lead Diocesan Youth Ministry


Youth ministry in the Diocese of Tyler will have a new focus and energy with the addition of Mark Knox as the diocese’s full-time Director of Youth Ministry, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced.

Knox, who will begin his duties in Tyler in January, comes to the diocese with almost ten years of experience in youth ministry. Most recently, he managed the youth and young adult programs for Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Colleyville, Texas.

“I’m grateful and thrilled to have been invited to participate in ministry within the Diocese of Tyler by Bishop Strickland. There is nothing more powerful and encouraging than a teenager with a love and zeal for Jesus Christ and His church,” said Knox. “I’m excited to partner with the many parents, students and youth ministers throughout every parish in the diocese.”

Having a full-time minister to implement the Bishop’s pastoral vision for youth and to create awareness and programming that will aid in making disciples of young people will be the main focus of the position according to Fr. Justin Braun, chaplain to the diocesan youth ministry programs.

“This is very exciting for all of us in the diocese – clergy and laity,” said Braun. “Mark will work to form good relationships with priests and parishes to fully engage our youth in the life of the Church.”

Knox echoed this, “I have great hopes for new retreats, programs and events that will allow students to encounter Christ in powerful ways and connect them to the larger mission of the Catholic Church to go and make disciples.”

Knox is familiar with the Diocese of Tyler, having spent two summers in college working for diocesan chancellor Fr. Hank Lanik at The Pines Catholic Camp.

“Out of college, I worked as a wildlife biologist on a large game ranch in south Texas, but then I came back to The Pines to work under Fr. Hank Lanik on the ministry staff and that’s when I discovered my calling for youth ministry and took my first parish job at St. Paul’s in Richardson, ” said Knox.

Knox is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is pursuing a Master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dallas. He and his wife, Greer, have two young sons.

“I’m grateful and humbled by this opportunity from Bishop Strickland and I look forward to the great work we will do together to build up the kingdom for His glory!” concluded Knox.


  1. Welcome! Very excited we have a full-time Director of Youth Ministry. I look forward to meeting and working with you in the future. God Bless you and yours. Have a wonderful Christmas.
    Ann Blanton
    Sacred Heart
    Texarkana, TX

  2. Mark:

    Your presence at GSCC will be missed. You were an inspirational leader to all the youth. Aaron enjoyed working with you. I am sure the Diocese of Tyler will benefit from your experience and enthusiasm to lead the youth to Jesus. Wish you the very best and Merry Christmas to you and your family

    Percy Pinto
    Good Shepherd CC parishioner.

  3. Deacon Stephen Ondrick

    Peace! I had the opportunity today and watched Bishop’s Strickland driving videos. One can truly see the heartfelt joy he has in sharing with his community your debut with the Diocese.
    Your position will be most challenging, but rewarding. Challenging because in every age, society bombards the young with all kinds of negative allurements. Rewarding because these young impressible children of God will be tomorrow’s priest, sisters, youth directors and spouses.
    You’ll be in our prayers….Have a Blessed Day
    Deacon Stephen—St Anthony Parish

  4. Welcome! I look forward to working with you and to see what God has in store for us through YOU!! I am very excited that you are here.

  5. Welcome! We met briefly at the Deanery meeting at St. James where I am youth director. I look forward to any and all support and direction! We have had over 300 youth Confirmed in the past few years and we want to continue encouraging them. I pray God blesses you and your ministry abundantly. Thank you, Vicki Allen St. James’ Youth Director, (903)243-2970

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