A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
July 31, 2017: New North Texas Conference Director of Communications
July 31, 2017
Jacob to join North Texas Conference as Director of Communications
Matt Jacob, who has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the communications industry, has accepted the position of Director of Communications for the North Texas Conference. His first official day in the conference office will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
In this role, Jacob will develop and coordinate all strategic communication activities of the conference. To that end, he will communicate all North Texas Conference initiatives to local churches, oversee the public communication of the Bishop, leverage media relations opportunities with local print and broadcast media, ensure brand management of the conference office in all respects, and act as the primary liaison with United Methodist Communications.
With a knack for developing strong stories and maximizing their outreach possibilities, Jacob most recently served as Associate Director of Public Affairs and Alumni Relations at Perkins School of Theology. He also worked as a staff writer at The Dallas Morning News, served on the Public Relations and Marketing team at Children’s Medical Center, and was part of client teams at two international public relations agencies, Golin and Allison+Partners.
“Matt’s diverse communications background makes him a natural fit to lead communications for the North Texas Conference,” Bishop Michael McKee said. “We have many stories to tell of the great work being done in our churches, and his insight into the innovative ways of telling those stories will benefit us all.”
Jacob earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Southern Methodist University, as well as a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He teaches adjunct courses at SMU in the division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs.
Jacob is active in the local, state, and national tennis community. He currently is Vice President of USTA Texas and serves on national committees with the U.S. Tennis Association. Jacob is an active volunteer at his home church, Highland Park United Methodist Church, as a Sunday school teacher, with Night OWLS, and with Kingdom Singers.
He and his wife of 13 years, Alison, have three children: son Carter (10) and daughters Molly (7) and Margaret (3).