John Paul Lichon

John Paul spent 10 years in parish and college ministry before taking the dive to start Verso Ministries. He's always had an entrepreneurial inkling, as he's always sought new and dynamic ways to spread the Gospel. He is passionate about the practice of pilgrimage and the ways in which a pilgrim's heart and mind can be transformed by an encounter with God on a pilgrimage. He resides in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and two children.

If you want to read about the moment when Verso MInistries was born, read this story from our blog.


Joshua Schaffner


Josh came to Verso Ministries after ten years in pastoral ministry. In the parish setting he did everything from youth ministry and directing a choir, to RCIA and adult small groups.  Pilgrimages are a unique blend of ministry and airports, which Josh is a huge fan of (yes, weird). Josh has his Masters degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. His wife, Katie, is a math teacher at a Catholic high school and they have two young boys.


Kevin Effron
Media and Pilgrimage Specialist

Kevin is a first-year Master of Divinity Student at the University of Notre Dame. Having graduated from Marian University in December of 2015, Kevin has since worked in parish catechetical ministry up until August of 2017. He is excited to help people find the spiritual journey they are called to. Personally, Kevin has a fondness for making pilgrimages to the tomb of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin at Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana, as her witness has left a profound impact on his spiritual life.