Jack was licensed and credentialed by the Missionary Church, Inc., on December 2, 1986, while he was Lay Leader and chairman of the board of the Venice Christian Community Church, a Los Angeles inner city mission sponsored by the Missionary Church Western District. After his licensing, Pastor Jack was appointed Associate Pastor, then Senior Pastor of VCC. The church focused on outreach to the homeless, the impoverished, and youth seeking to escape drug, gang and crime lifestyles. VCC’s after- school program ministered to children every weekday with meals, tutoring, sports, arts and crafts, and personal counseling. The church was also the original sponsor of Project Cambodia, founded by Pastor Jack and Dr. Haing S. Ngor, the Oscar-winning actor (“Killing Fields”). Project Cambodia was later incorporated as The Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation, a 501 (3) (C) nonprofit organization. Jack now serves as Executive Director of the Foundation, which is his primary ministry.
After his years at VCC (1980 – 1990), Jack facilitated drama ministries at the Venice Vineyard, the West Hollywood Vineyard, and then the Pacific Christian Center in Manhattan Beach, where, in 2002, he served on the leadership team (chaired by Pastor Jonathan Smith and Ed DeRitter) to bring Pastor Rick Warren’s “40 Days of Purpose” campaign to the South Bay. For this month-long church program – a spiritual guide for people seeking divine purpose in their lives – Jack embarked on what he still considers one of the richest creative opportunities of his own life.
Given the responsibility to promote public awareness and congregational interest in “40 Days of Purpose,” Jack began an ongoing campaign three months prior to the actual start date, producing ads, a theme song, writing-producing-directing original stage productions as well as videotaped shorts (filmed and edited by Bill Major), and recruiting professional singer friends to perform, including Carmen Twilley, who helped launch the “40 Days” by presenting her signature song, “Circle of Life,” from the film “The Lion King.” Then, each week during the actual “40 Days of Purpose,” Jack wrote and produced more original comedies, dramas and videos to complement that week’s theme. The evangelical crusade was considered the most successful event in the history of Pacific Christian Center.
“Personally, it was like my summer of absolute content,” Jack says. “I had given up my favorite beverage, coffee, for the duration of the campaign, but I was more revved up than ever, almost 24/7, constantly feeling God’s ideas and words and visuals in my mind. It was as though my entire being was on auto-pilot. Everything flowed from my mind and fingers onto the computer and into the hands of many eager, talented people both onstage and behind the scenes. It was a remarkable opportunity for me. My passion for writing, acting, directing, producing and marketing all came into play simultaneously. And the feeling that the productivity was all for the glory of God --- well, that was absolutely humbling. Sensational, creative and fun. I’d do it again in a minute!”
Currently, Jack worships at the West Los Angeles United Methodist Church, and takes an active role serving on the Social Action Commission, writing and directing dramas, and occasionally delivering messages from the pulpit.