New Painting: Parker Reading to His Dog

New painting I just finished for my sister Naomi and fam. My nephew Parker reading to his dog. Contact me to discuss doing a painting for you. Pets, wildlife, and nature are my favorites.

Training Emerging Leaders

One of my greatest joys in 18 years of youth ministry was mentoring emerging leaders. Several of them are now youth pastors, worship leaders, as well as leaders in the business world. I would love to help you train your leaders. Contact me about doing leader training or a retreat.

Introducing Mahaffy Communications & Consulting

I am excited to officially begin offering my services! Let’s grab coffee or have a phone conversation to discuss how I can help meet your needs!

Books I Read in 2018

  1. A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdaine
  2. Across the River and Into the Woods by Ernest Hemingway
  3. A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth by Matthew Dickerson
  4. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  5. American Gangster by Max Allan Collins
  6. A Stranger In The Woods by Michael Finkel
  7. Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA by Michele Rigby Assad
  8. Egypt: Travels with my Camera by Jane Barrett
  9. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
  10. Ernest Hemingway: A Biography by Mary V. Dearborn
  11. Hiking and Backpackingby Karen Berger
  12. Lord of The Flies by William Golding
  13. Muslims Next Door: Uncovering Myths and Creating Friendships by Shirin Taber
  14. Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops by Emily Herbert
  15. Spiritual Grit by Rick Lawrence
  16. The Beautiful and Damnedby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  17. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  18. The Lays of Beleriand by JRR Tolkien
  19. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  20. The Story of Layla and Majnun by Nizami
  21. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
  22. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Work Situation Update

Hi Friends! Many of you already know, but to some this is new. As of the end of May I am no longer working at Shelter Rock Church. This is the short version as to why: For a couple of years we were moving toward me moving over into something else; something of a teaching pastor or campus pastor, but back in the fall I was informed that they had nothing else I could move into at this point, and that they were pulling me back from my teaching pastor role so I could put all my energy into the youth ministry. This was the opposite direction I had been going, and I had to really assess the situation. After a lot of conversations, this spring I took a one month leave of absence and when I returned I was told they still didn’t have anything and they needed to bring someone on who wants to do youth long term, so they were letting me go. I was very disappointed that things had changed and that they could not find another “seat for me on the bus” in which I could focus on using my primary strengths and gifts of communication, event organization, etc. I am pleased that they were able to bring on Peter Ladenheim, a young man I have been mentoring since he was in 7th grade. He is an excellent emerging leader and I wish him nothing but the best. I could not ask for a better successor. As for us, we do not know where we are going or what we will be doing. I do know that I want to live in my strengths of communicating, creating, and networking. If you know of anything that might be a good fit, please feel free to contact me at

Spartan Race

So enjoyed running the Spartan Race at Citi Field for the second year with Natalia. I am down 47 pounds from last year’s race, and I really felt the difference.