Gordon DeMarais


Title: President & Founder

Mission Center: National Headquarters

Contact: gordy@spo.org

A long-standing and nationally recognized leader in Catholic evangelization, Gordy has been involved in youth and young adult ministry since his own young adult years. Together with several other zealous university students, he founded Saint Paul’s Outreach on the campus of the University of Saint Thomas in the early 1980s and serves as SPO’s current President. SPO is now a leading movement in the renewal of Catholic evangelization on college campuses throughout the country reaching over 15,000 students annually. SPO alumni are emerging as leaders in the Church and society and well over 150 of its alumni as priests and/or religious.

Gordy continues to be actively involved with the teaching, formation, and evangelization of university students and young adults in the Twin Cities area and around the country. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from The Saint Paul Seminary. Gordy has taught courses on Evangelization for the Deaconate Formation Program and St. Paul Seminary, conducted retreats for seminarians at the North American College in Rome, developed curriculum for the office of marriage and family life for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and is a national speaker. Gordy is senior leader in the Community of Christ the Redeemer, a Catholic lay community of over 800 members. He remains dedicated to renewing the Church and transforming the culture for Christ.

Boards and Organizational Leaders:

  • Catholic Campus Ministry Association (Vice-chair)

  • USCCB Alliance for Catholic Campus Ministry

  • NET Ministries (founding board member)

  • University Christian Outreach

  • Community of Christ the Redeemer (Senior Leader)

For his work in evangelization, Gordy is the recipient of the following awards:

  • Relevant Radio Christ Brings Hope award (2018)

  • NET Ministries Distinguished Alumnus award (2012)

  • Saint Paul Seminary Distinguished Alumni award (2009)

  • Catholic Defense League’s Catholic Man of the Year award (2007)

Gordy and his wife Teresa have six children and 5 grandchildren. Three of his children and his son-in-law serve as missionaries with Saint Paul’s Outreach. They live in Inver Grove Heights, MN and are parishioners at St. Peter’s in Mendota.