Mr. James “JD” McDonald is a graduate student working toward a Master of Divinity in Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary with concentrations in both theology, ecology, and food justice and biblical languages. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies, a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling before coming to Baylor.
Licensed as a minister of the Gospel by Central Baptist Church of Johnson City, Tennessee, Mr. McDonald currently serves as a resident chaplain at Baylor and as a youth program assistant for Mission Waco. He has worked in youth ministry, outpatient therapy, school-based social work, and cross-cultural ministry in Pacaya, Guatemala.
In his free time, Mr. McDonald can be found hiking, camping, playing guitar, gardening, and eating good food all in the company of friends and family.
Mr. McDonald is a member of Dayspring Baptist Church in Waco, where he serves as a youth sponsor and steering team member for a new hospitality ministry. He also enthusiastically volunteers to eat at every church potluck.