Pastor Eric Jay is a Southern California native, having just received the call to St Mark this past August 2017. Pastor Jay graduated with a Master's in Theology and Culture as a student of St Louis Seminary via the Cross Cultural Ministry Pastoral Certification Program (CMC) located at Concordia University in Irvine, California. The CMC focuses uniquely upon equipping students and future pastors to infiltrate strategic urban settings as church planters. As such, Pastor Jay spent the first 3 years after graduation pastoring The Gathering; a church plant of which Pastor Jay was founder. In October 2012 Pastor Jay received his first formal call to St John's Lutheran Church in El Segundo, Ca whereupon he was also ordained. After accepting St Mark's call in August 2017, Pastor Jay preceded his wife Sarah and daughter Elizabeth who later joined him, moving to Omaha this past September. With degrees in Music Performance, both Eric and Sarah love music (they met and married while attending the Chapman Conservatory of the Arts), the arts and the outdoors in their spare time...that is whenever they are not joyfully busy with little "Lizzy".
I was born in Michigan, but I’ll always consider myself a Hoosier. That’s because my family moved there when I was just two, and my mom and dad are still in Indiana. I went to Trinity Lutheran Elementary School, Concord Jr. High and High School (all in Elkhart, IN), two years at Indiana University, and earned my Bachelor’s at Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI. Then it was off to study to be a pastor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. While serving my vicarage / internship in Dallas, TX, I met the love of my life, Kathy Phillips. We became man and wife on June 16, 1990 (it’s been fantastic ever since). We are blessed with two wonderful children: Rebekah and Jacob. We are our own “core four” – we just love it when all four of us are able to spend time together. Things I enjoy during my free time include watching movies, golf, and mowing the yard (yes, I really enjoy it). I’m also a diehard Detroit Tigers and University of Michigan football fan. One more thing I greatly enjoy – the ministry. It is such a privilege and honor to serve the God who loves us so much. To believe and know what our God does for us, how Jesus gave HIS life for us – what a gift!