MEET JAY HIGHAM
Married for 22 years, I am one of those guys who can honestly say, I love being married! I married my wife, Amy, on Saturday, May 18th, 1996. Since then, it has been an adventure like no other! I am passionate about marriage. It is truly a gift from God. And when fully experienced in the manner by which God created it, marriage is a perfect picture of God’s love, grace, joy, and mercy!
Amy and I have 5 kids; 4 boys & 1 girl, and they are amazing. Our two oldest boys are now in college while are remaining three are in high school, middle school, and elementary school. They’re not perfect. But neither am I. Yet together, by God’s grace, we are building a family.
I have been working with students for 28 years. 20 of those years have been in full time ministry as a youth pastor. Student ministry has been a passion of mine since I was a student. There is nothing as exciting as watching a student discover God’s love and grace, and then leading them to find their God given purpose. Today, I serve as the Director of Student Ministry, in Western PA.
In 2001, I started learning how to create websites. By 2004 I was toying around with creating a website to share student ministry resources. That idea morphed into blogging. For a number of years I practiced my writing, finding my voice, and sharing my experiences on my own ministry blog. Then in 2010, I was asked to write a few blogs for Youth Ministry 360. This gave me confidence to take seriously my own blog. Since then I have had articles posted to both YouthMinistry360.com, YouthSpecialties.com/blog, YouthMinistry.com, and CalledtoYouthMinistry.com.
At the start of 2019, I accepted the role as Blog Manager for the Controlled Chaos blog! I am looking forward to working with an exciting team of writers who are committed to student ministry.
I love to write. One of the ways I express that passion is through the avenue of children’s books. To date, I have written and published 5 children’s books, all available through Amazon! The books aren’t anything special. Just fun simple books for young readers. You can find my books using the links above.