Deacon Jeffrey Schmelter
Condolences to the family of Deacon Jeffrey Schmelter, one of the original co-founders of Christian New Creation, Inc (CNC).
Deacon Schmelter was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He was also highly involved in the Karios Ministries, Colby Retreats to local prisons, and with conducting AA programs at Isaiah House with CNC.
The Board of Directors and staff of CNC are deeply humbled that the family of Deacon Schmelter has requested that memorials in his honor are donated to the benefit of our program.
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Deacon Jeffrey Michael Schmelter
Deacon Jeffrey Michael Schmelter, age 64, lost his valiant battle with lung cancer on March 23, 2019, when he passed away peacefully. God was kind enough to let his son, Ryan, and some of his close friends be with him as he took his last breath. He was born in Hobart, Indiana, on May 6, 1954, but called Houston, Texas, home for over thirty-two years.
Jeff is one of those rare people who lived, breathed and walked with God constantly. His love for God trumped everything, and his love for his son was right after that. He was drawn to all people and especially to what some would call today’s most obvious sinners - the incarcerated, the addicts, the discouraged and the downtrodden – and counted himself as one with them, spending his last 32 years giving back to those he identified with personally. He was a devoted father, minister, spiritual advisor, sponsor, mentor, guitarist, vocalist and friend to so many including the homeless and the stranger on the street, both of whom he enjoyed speaking to as often as possible, and always with his unique sense of humor which was never far from the surface.
He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of GalvestonHouston on January 31, 2015, after completing the six year Diaconate Formation Program at St. Mary’s Seminary within the St. Thomas University educational system. Jeff accomplished this while also being employed full-time by the City of Houston within the Houston Airport System. He was a longstanding employee with them for almost 26 years, working most recently as the Party Chief of the Aviation/Planning, Design & Construction Group. He also dedicated tens of thousands of volunteer hours in various social ministries including Prison Ministry and 12-Step Recovery Programs. Jeff led AA meetings at Isaiah House, a halfway house within the Christian New Creation organization every Thursday night for more than 10 years where he touched the lives of over 1200 men as they transitioned back into society from prisons. At Prince of Peace Catholic Community, his home parish for over 30 years, Jeff served both the English and the Spanish speaking communities as a Deacon and was also very active in the Music Ministry before he was ordained. He was a graduate of St. Bridget Grade School and then Hobart High School as part of the Class of 1973. He was an avid sports fan and loved Notre Dame, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and more recently, the Houston Astros.
Jeff was the beloved father of Ryan Jeffrey Schmelter of Beaumont, Texas, and the seventh child of Elmer and Mary June Schmelter. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his youngest sister, Jacqueline Marie Schmelter. In addition to Ryan, Jeff is survived by ten siblings - Jerry (Shelly) Schmelter, Diane Hanson, Dan (Nancy) Schmelter, Jim (Rose) Schmelter, Joyce (Ed) Bennett, Rose (Charles) Parks, Patrice Mullen, Pam Mills, Mary Ellen (Doug) Perney, Jeanette (Glenn) Jones – as well as numerous loving Godchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Deacon Jeff’s family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the many special people who have assisted Jeff with so many things over the last ten months of his life’s journey, joyfully offering transportation to and from cancer treatments, clean laundry and delicious food, all topped off with deep conversations, warm fellowship and most importantly, unconditional love.
Prince of Peace Catholic Community (www.pophouston.org) will host both the Mass of Christian Burial for Jeff at 1:30 PM on Friday, March 29, 2019; preceded on Thursday night, March 28, 2019, by Visitation at 6:00 PM, a Rosary at 6:45 PM and a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM for all who wish to celebrate Jeff’s life. Private cremation will follow the Funeral Mass, and Deacon Jeff’s remains will ultimately be interred in Hobart, Indiana. The Champions location of Klein Funeral Home (www.kleinfh.com) is entrusted with handling all the arrangements locally. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Isaiah House (www.cnc-inc.org) in Jeff’s memory.