Introducing Jay Kennedy, Our New Executive Director
The following post is an interview with North Church's new Executive Director, Jay Kennedy
To get things started, please tell us a little bit about yourself
“My name is Joseph Michael Kennedy but I go by Jay. My extended family lives in the Houston, TX area, but I was born in Chicago, IL and moved all over the US. Growing up, my dad was in the oil business so we moved like a military family. As a kid I was fortunate enough to live in Holland, Trinidad and Russia. I have a B.S. degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in economics, finance and Russian. I have spent my entire sixteen-year working life in the wholesale fuel and retail gas station business. Additionally, I have ventured into a few entrepreneurial start ups along the way (Lumpy’s Burgers, Anthem Development, Antioch Land)”
As some of us saw a couple Sundays back, you have quite a large family. Can you tell us about your wife and children?
“I do have a large family—and no we are not Catholic or Mormon! I met my lovely wife Jessica (Mancini) at Trinity. She was a collegiate softball player and earned her masters in education. She taught third grade in APS and 8th grade for RRPS before becoming the children’s director for Sagebrush (back when it was Hoffmantown West). During our fifteen plus years of marriage, we have been blessed with five biological children, Avery (12f), Payton (11f), Reese (9f), Austin (7m), Campbell (5f) and our adopted son from Haiti, Deacon (4m).”
Now that you are on staff, what is your hope this year for North?
“My hope is that I can help fulfill the vision of seeing Jesus preeminent in everything. I am hoping to serve the staff by providing leadership, structure and rhythms to help maximize the time and resources that we have been entrusted with. I am looking forward to learning and growing more about the gospel as I pursue becoming a pastor.”
To help us know you a little better, what are some of your hobbies, interests and past times? Is there anything else you would like North to know about you?
“I am a big sports fan and like playing and watching most sports. I am a big college football fan (Texas Longhorns). I enjoy playing fantasy football, baseball and college football. My wife and I like going to the movies and playing strategy board games.
Cool fact about me: I’ve been everywhere, man, I’ve been everywhere… I graduated high school in Moscow Russia, was carnival king in Trinidad, safaried in Africa, adopted from Haiti, watched Iditarod in Alaska, visited the Louvre in Paris, sat in the Colosseum in Rome, explored castles on the Rhine, toured Fjords in Norway, moved the bookshelf at Anne Frank’s house in Holland, was grand marshall at the Disneyland parade, cruised the Caribbean, spelunked in the Crimea, eaten falafel in the garden of Gethsemane.”