Jay grew up in the Mt. Hermon community and at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. He was involved in music at Mt. Hermon, singing in Children’s Choir, Junior(Youth) Choir and finally the Adult Choir. In 1970 he answered the call to become the choir director at North Main Baptist Church in Danville. Over the next 27 years he served in an additional 4 local churches as choir director. He retired in December, 1997 after serving at Hollywood Baptist Church for 14 years. He and his family moved back to Mt. Hermon in January, 1998, where he joined the Adult Choir and the Adult Handbell Choir. He has filled in for various music ministers until he was asked to become the interim Worship Choir director, a position he filled for 23 months. He and his wife, Judy, have two children, Rachel, and Andy and two grandsons. Jay enjoys cooking and smoking meat on his smoker.