Jay and his wife Amy recently moved into the Wheeling area, and are excited to call C3 home! Jay has worked with students and families for over 28 years, with 20 of those years being in full-time ministry.
Jay is passionate about helping students, children, and their families grow in a relationship with Jesus and leading them into exciting opportunities for ministry.
As a husband, father, and ministry leader, Jay believes that now, more than ever, the church has to focus on ministry programs that engage the whole family. “Gone are the days of focusing solely on student or children’s ministry. We have to turn our attention to the entire family unit, recognizing that God’s first place of ministry is within the family!”
Jay and Amy have been married for 23 years and have 5 children - 4 boys and 1 girl. Along with serving at C3 as the Director of Family Ministry, Jay and Amy work with Youth Specialties and their National Youth Workers Convention. This annual conference offers training, soul care, and ministry resources to youth workers.
Additionally, Jay writes for ministry sites such as the Youth Specialties Blog and the Youth Ministry 360 Blog, while also serving as the blog manager for ControlledChaos.fun, a ministry website created specifically for youth workers who are working with junior high students.
Why is C3 special to you?
What I love about C3 is the intentional steps we take to help people journey closer to Jesus! At C3 there is room for everyone at the table - Believer, doubter, or skeptic. We want to get to know you where you are and then take that next step with you. I am looking forward to helping you take your next step towards knowing Jesus!
Name at least two things you do very well.
I like to dream. Show me an entire building, and I share a dozen ways to make it into a ministry. I love dreaming big, God-sized dreams, and watch God bring those dreams to life! I also love working with youth workers who are just starting in the ministry, mentoring them as they navigate the first couple years of student ministry.
Name at least two things you don't do very well.
Fixing things! I am not very mechanical, so working on the car, a mower, or anything with an engine isn’t me. I am also not very good at remembering to make the bed. Thank goodness, my wife Amy is passionate about a well-made bed.
Tell us about one of the most fun things you've ever done.
Early in my ministry career, we would take a group of students to the Creation Festival in Mt. Union, PA. It was always a great week to be with students and watch God do incredible things in their lives. When I see students from that time in our lives, the time spent at Creation always seems to be a part of the conversation!
If you had two hours of absolute free time, what would you do?
Watch Star Wars or reality housing/DIY shows like House Hunters, Flip or Flop, Love It or List It, Rehab Addict, Property Brothers, or Fixer-upper! LOVE Fixer Upper!!!
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
There was a season of ministry where I was really struggling with my call. But a friend had an extra ticket to a youth worker conference. All I had to do was pay for hotel and food, and chip in for the gas. That weekend conference renewed my calling in student ministry. I’m still in youth ministry today because of my friend and the conference.
Tell us your favorites...
Snack: Swedish Fish
Place to shop: Amazon
Drink (coffee, soda, etc.): Wild Cherry Pepsi
Candy: 3 Musketeers, Swedish Fish
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