Since 2012, Jay serves as the executive director of COMPACT Family Services (Dba of Assemblies of God Family Services Agency) in Hot Springs, AR. COMPACT® is the nationally affiliated, child welfare ministry of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. The mission of COMPACT® is to redeem the fatherless and family through compassionate action. Since 1944 over 8,000 children and families have been served.
AG COMPACT® envisions a broader, national continuum of its current Christ-centered family services as a licensed child welfare agency. It is a professional services and church empowerment vision requiring a generation of resource and cooperative partnership.
COMPACT® ministries include family-style group homes, maternity home, adoption, independent transitional living, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment, respite / emergency shelter services and a growing foster care empowerment plan. The ministry is best known for its legacy Hillcrest Children’s Home and Highlands Maternity Home and Placement Center ministries.
Jay is an ordained minister, communicator, leader, and programming author. He is especially impassioned about America’s youth. Jay says, “I had a spiritual dream in 1996 that drives me today. In the vision, multitudes of underdogs were becoming champions for Jesus Christ. Often today’s youth are cultural and spiritual underdogs, but God has destined them as champions for the cause of Jesus Christ in this world.”
Jay is a current and past board member of multiple non-profit entities. His previous ministry includes service as the national youth director for the General Council of the Assemblies of God, national Youth Alive director, Georgia District youth director, church lead pastor, church associate pastor and youth pastor. Previous to ministry service Jay was a sales and finance manager in the business sector.
Jay is a graduate of Southeastern University (Lakeland, Florida). Jay and his wife, Laura, have four children (Elizabeth, Elise, Eric and Erin), two sons-in-law (Cory Bunger married to Elizabeth; Blare Wood married to Elise), and two granddaughters (Brielle and Landry).