Jay and his family came to Georgia in June of 2013 to be the Lead Pastor here at Northwest. He grew up in Clearwater, FL and, after graduating high school, decided to move to some place with mountains. He chose to attend Johnson University located in Knoxville, TN where he got a bachelor’s degree in Bible. But the mountains of Tennessee were not enough!
After graduation, Jay moved west to Colorado where he spent several years as a youth pastor at a church in Canon City. From there, he worked at churches in Phoenix, Colorado Springs and Mechanicsville, VA. Eventually, Jay found himself back at that first church he worked at in Canon City, Colorado. This time as the Lead Pastor. That was the church he was serving in before moving to Georgia.
Jay met and married his wife, Carrie, while he was living in Phoenix. Carrie was born and raised in Arizona and had no plans to ever leave the desert. Unfortunately, she married a pastor and God had different ideas! The two have been married since 2003 and have four incredible kids: Abigail, Hannah, Caleb, and Elizabeth.
Being a husband, father, and pastor definitely keeps Jay busy, so there’s not a lot of spare time in his life. When he does get a few moments of down time, he likes to fish, camp, attempt to play golf (albeit it very poorly) and build things in his woodshop.
Jay is passionate about winning people to Christ, training people to be disciples and sending people out on mission to reach their friends and neighbors for Jesus. He would describe his preaching style as deeply biblical, practically relevant, and (in his mind at least) quite humorous. Jay loves to laugh and to make others laugh as well...especially on a Sunday! As he says often, “when in doubt, go for the laugh.”
He would love to connect with you over coffee and hear your story. Feel free to reach him via email here. Just be ready, though...he is going to try and tell you a few jokes. Humor him as best you can. It makes him feel better about himself!