Jay Kim serves on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, overseeing leadership and teaching. He also serves on the core leadership team at The ReGeneration Project, a collective of theologians, church leaders, and creatives working to help new generations engage Biblical theology and follow Jesus. He co-hosts the ReGeneration Podcast, which hit the top charts of iTunes religion & spirituality category within its first month of release. His first book Analog Church is scheduled for release in 2019 (InterVarsity Press).
Over the course of nearly two decades in local church ministry, Jay has served as a youth pastor, college/young-adults pastor, church planter, and as teaching pastor of a 3000+ person multi-site church, before his current role leading at Vintage Faith Church. He crafts messages in ways that inspire, provoke, and equip people of all ages and walks of life to pursue Jesus deeply and follow him into mission in the world. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and lives in California with his wife Jenny and their two rambunctious kids.
There is freshness and depth to Jay's teaching and that's a rare combination. I have listened to him teach passages I know well and have found myself considering in new ways what God is saying. Along with his teaching, he is strong, kind, full of integrity and smart... perhaps the rarest of combinations.
- Nancy Ortberg, Author/Speaker/CEO of TBC
Jay is a gifted communicator who can speak effectively to a wide variety of people. He teaches from the Bible in a way that inspires and connects with people, helping them not only know more about Jesus but also commit more deeply to following him.
- Dan Kimball, Author/Speaker/Pastor at Vintage Faith Church
I have had the opportunity to hear Jay teach many times and I have always found him not only thoughtful but also Biblical. He has an ability to bring the truth of the Scriptures to light in real and very personal ways. He is clear, funny and applicational in a way that challenges me to be more like Jesus and more the man I want to be. Having been up close and personal to see Jay and his family, I can tell you he is the real deal. If you get the chance to hear Jay speak, jump on it! You'll be the better for it!
- Steve Clifford, Lead Pastor at WestGate Church
Jay Kim is one of the most thoughtful young Christian leaders I know. He's an outstanding communicator with a rare ability to apply ancient biblical wisdom to contemporary cultural issues. I've been personally stretched and edified by his writing and look forward to see how God will continue to use Jay in the future.
- Drew Dyck, Author/Speaker/Editor at Christianity Today & Moody Publishing
Jay Kim is an intelligent and engaging speaker. He unpacks complex ideas in a way that helps people move past self-imposed hindrances and experience a new level of hope.
- Josh Shipp, Author/Speaker/Youth Speaker University
Jay Kim inspires and impacts with his love of God and people, communicating in a way that connects strongly with where our culture is at, while calling us deeper into faithfulness with Jesus. If you're looking for someone to partner with your ministry for the kingdom, I highly recommend him!
- Joshua Ryan Butler, Author/Speaker/Pastor at Redemption Church
Jay is armed with an ability to weave cultural insight, biblical depth, and human need into one of the most compelling messages you will ever experience.
- Forrest Jenan, Lead Pastor at Neighborhood Church Visalia
Jay preaches like he’s got the Bible in one hand and his iPhone in the other - that is to say, he combines true Biblical teaching with up-to-date insight into contemporary culture, with all of its distractions and challenges to biblical truth. His insights have helped me grow. If you want true, deep teaching that speaks to the post-modern mind, plus warm, genuine, authentic humor that speaks to everyone’s heart, then Jay’s your man!
- Rene Schlaepfer, Lead Pastor at Twin Lakes Church
I have been scheduling speakers for the past eight years and Jay every time gets the most positive reviews out of all of them. He captivates our students with his clear and thoughtful messages that seem to meet each person where they're at. Both staff and students comment on his phenomenal, authentic communication style and request him each year. Jay has been an encouragement to us and we're always thrilled to see him on our schedule.
- Nathan Smith, Valley Christian High School Chaplain
My friend Jay Kim has a beautiful mind, razor sharp wit, and a big heart that breaks to see broken people brought back into relationship with God. When Jay speaks, I’m leaning in.
– Josh Fox, Worship Leader/Recording Artist/Director of Anthem Worship