Jay is a North Carolina native. He grew up in the eastern part of the state and went to college at Gardner-Webb University in the foothills. He met his wife while working at a summer camp and they were married in 2006. Jay and Bet moved to Charlotte, NC where he studied at Reformed Theological Seminary and interned at Uptown Church. After finishing seminary in 2010, Jay and Bet moved to Raleigh to help plant Midtown Community Church. After 5 wonderful years in Raleigh, Jay, Bet and their girls moved to Wilmington, NC where is started up a new RUF chapter at UNCW. After 4 years of serving in Wilmington, he was called to serve as the RUF campus minister at Boise State.