Jay Wolf is a “Jesus man” through and through. His life is devoted to knowing Christ, growing in Christ, showing Christ to the world and encouraging others to do the same. Jay grew up in Georgetown, Texas, where his dad was a highly successful rancher and businessman. His dad expected Jay to become governor of Texas.
Jay has all the tools to achieve whatever is set before him – a super sharp intellect – superb communication skills and – an amazing ability to connect with people from all walks of life. All of this combined with his winsome personality and boundless energy is a recipe for success. Jay enjoyed success early. He was high school salutatorian and graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University where he was served as SGA President.
When he was 16 years old, while attending the funeral of a friend killed in car wreck, Jay was prompted to take a hard look at the meaning and purpose of life. Through that process, Jay surrendered his life – ambitions, goals, dreams – to the Lordship of Jesus. Shortly thereafter, Jay sensed God’s call into full time ministry. Since that time 44 years ago, he has followed Jesus and served others with the highest measure of devotion.
Folks in the Montgomery area who see Jay speak on television or have brief encounters with him, often ask, “Is that guy real?” In world filled with counterfeits and phonies, it is a natural question. That’s sad but true. Kenny Hoomes, who serves alongside Jay at First Baptist Church where Jay has been the senior pastor for the past 23 years, says this:
Jay Wolf is the real deal. I have had the opportunity to be with him both publicly and privately and he is the same person in all situations. What you see behind the pulpit on Sunday mornings is the same person you will see anytime and in any situation. He is the same on the inside as he appears on the outside and you can bank on his word… like David of old, Jay is a man after God’s own heart.
This sentiment is echoed by Jay’s daughter Alex. She says her dad is the same at the dinner table as he is behind the pulpit. Alex describes Jay, saying:
His loving kindness is authentic, his interest in others is earnest, and his humility never seems to end. He is exactly who he appears to be.
Authenticity and consistency are two descriptive words frequently used by those who know Jay best. Chip Colee as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church works closely with Jay on a daily basis. Chip marvels at Jay’s Holy Spirit-inspired consistency in every area of his life. Jay truly is a “Jesus man” through and through. Chip tells of the response of a friend who met Jay for the first time: “That man is in love with Jesus and wants you to experience that same love!”
Jay is a well-rounded man’s man. He’s an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting and fishing. He’s an athlete who enjoys golf, tennis, basketball, and racquetball – anything competitive! These varied interests are strategic. They afford him multiple connection points with many different people to share the good news offered in Christ alone. The following are Jay’s signature verses:
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jay’s life aligns with these verses. He has and continues to live life with consistency and authenticity because he keeps himself clean and pure before the Lord by keeping his eyes on Jesus.
Paul urged the church at Corinth to follow his example as he follows the example of Christ. That is a bold, daring statement. That same principle applies to Dr. Jay Wolf. In his life, with consistency and authenticity, he follows Jesus and provides a model for others. Jay’s life is a profile in devotion to Jesus that is worthy of emulation. I realize that this is rather lengthy, but I felt it important to let our readers know about Jay. His example is one that ties in directly to the last part of this issue. I am blessed to know Jay and have him as a real friend.
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