From Problem Child To Pastor – The Story of Jay Cookingham
Jay Cookingham Bio
Like you, father of seven, speaker and author Jay Cookingham has seen the role of father
defined multiple ways over the years. Is fathering merely biological or something deeper?
Is the influence of a dad that important in a child’s life? Has society lost the vision of
true fatherhood and if it has…is there hope for that society?
Jay has seen the effects of bad fathering verses great fathering over the years and he
believes there is hope. Having been raised in an abusive home, he knows the pain of an
abusive dad but also knows the freedom God gives when you forgive. It is out of this
freedom that Jay delivers a powerful message of hope. Fathering is a choice to live, love
and forgive like the Heavenly Father; this is how we can men after God’s own heart.
Jay mixes personal stories, God’s word and encouragement in a humorous, lay back style
but with an energy that comes from a heart that knows the Father’s love. It’s that love
that he hopes to convey and connect the audience with.
Jay’s writings have been featured in 8 books, the latest being “God Makes Lemonade”
and “A Man After God’s Heart: When a Father’s Spirit Soars”, published by Thomas
Nelson. He has spoken at Iron Sharpens Iron men events and numerous men’s groups in
the Hudson Valley. Jay serves as pastor at Bridge Builders Community Church in Hyde
The best personal achievement has been his marriage to Christine, his bride of 33 years.
His seven totally awesome kids have taught him how to be a great Dad and helped him be
a better man in the process.