Men of Honor

When a man walks
in integrity and justice,
happy are his children
after him.

(Proverbs 20:7)

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School
Oklahoma City, OK

Conference Director: Ray Haefele




Deacon Alex Jones

For twenty-five years, Alex Jones was the senior minister of two churches in the city of Detroit: Zion Congregational Church of God in Christ – the second oldest Pentecostal church in Michigan – and Maranatha Christian Church, an Evangelical/Charismatic church. In March 1998, while reading the apostolic fathers and subsequent church history in preparation for a Wednesday evening bible study, Alex Jones discovered the Catholic Church to be charismatic/liturgical, hierarchical, and Eucharistic-centered. In light of that revelation, Alex and his wife Donna began a two year journey into the Catholic Church that culminated in fifty-four members of his previous congregation, including fourteen members of his own family, entering the Catholic Church. The group began R.C.I.A. at St. Suzanne Catholic Community on September 10, 2000 and were welcomed into the Catholic Church through confirmation during Easter Vigil on April 14, 2001. Alex Jones was subsequently ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Detroit on October 1, 2005. Deacon Jones received his Masters in Pastoral Studies from Sacred Heart Major Seminary on April 28, 2007 and retired from the position of evangelization coordinator for the Archdiocese of Detroit on May 31, 2007. Deacon Jones currently serves the three parishes of St. Suzanne/OLGH, St. Mary of Redford, and St. Thomas Aquinas. He and his wife Donna have three sons and ten grandchildren.


Steve Ray

Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world and is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News. He is the writer, producer and host of the 10-part DVD series The Footprints of God: the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land and surrounding countries. Steve and his wife Janet and are certified guides to the Holy Land and lead pilgrimages throughout the Middle East and Rome. He owns Distinctive Maintenance with 500 employees in his home state of Michigan and is a member of Legatus. Steve and his wife Janet have four children and six grandchildren.


Father Bruce Nieli

Father Bruce Nieli, C.S.P., is a Paulist priest, evangelist and missionary living in Memphis. The Paulist Fathers web site notes that Fr. Nieli, “offers the spirituality of St. Paul the Apostle with a focus on connecting Catholic faith and American culture.” Fr. Nieli has been one of the top-rated speakers at past “In The Father’s Footsteps” men’s conferences - this year will mark his third appearance. Ordained as a Paulist priest in 1973 in New York City, he received a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College in 1979. From 1972 to 1979 he was on the Parish staff at St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan where he got involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Nieli is founding director of the Center for Spiritual Development of the Archdiocese of New York and has worked on evangelization at many levels, including working for the Texas Catholic Conference and as Director for Evangelization of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. From 1998 to 2001, Fr. Nieli was an itinerant evangelist and Associate Pastor, St. Patrick’s Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Since then, while remaining in residence in Memphis, he is a Paulist National Catholic Evangelist and Missionary.



Steve Allgeyer

Steve Allgeyer has spent the last 15 years sharing the love of Christ through laughter and powerful testimonies to teenagers and adults all over the world. His sense of humor and passionate personality will leave you with a desire to embrace the love that Christ has waiting for you. Steve currently serves as the Vice-President of Ministry Development for Life Teen Inc., an international youth ministry movement in the Catholic Church. By his own account, Steve spends most of his time loving his family (wife Kristy and their six children) and challenging teenagers to step out of the boat and answer their calling to follow Christ. He advises those young people who respond affirmatively to “buckle up for the ride of their lives!”