Rev. Jay Lynn has accepted the position of Pastor and nonprofit Executive Director of St. Martin Baptist Fellowship (SMBF). SMBF is a Baptist fellowship aligned with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), the first CBF fellowship on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. SMBF also functions as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Christian ministries organization. Jay and family will be moving to the MS Gulf Coast in mid-late July. Jay’s first day “on the job” at SMBF is targeted for August 1, 2014.
During the weekend of May 24-25, we at SMBF got to know Jay, Anita, Katie (13), and Sam (9) in person. In view of a call, Jay led SMBF in its Sunday evening Bible Study devotional and prayer time. The Consensus of the SMBF group and subsequent vote of the Board was unanimous to invite Jay and his family to join SMBF as Pastor and nonprofit Executive Director. Jay accepted the call.
We at SMBF feel that God’s leadership has gotten us to this point after 2.5 years of incubation and we are excited about where He will be leading us in the months and years to come.
Jay holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from the Baptist Theological Seminary (BTSR) of Richmond, Virginia. He and Anita were CBF Global Missions Field Personnel to the Czech Republic in the mid-1990s. Jay is currently Associate Pastor at Farmville Baptist Church in Virginia. Jay has a very diverse background over the past couple of decades ranging from Regional Collegiate Ministry Associate, VA Baptist Mission Board, Richmond, VA; to Director, Information Technology Project Management, Longwood University, Virginia; to entrepreneur as the Owner / Vice President, High Bridge Design Group, Farmville, VA. His diverse background and “creative juices” are just what “God ordered” for SMBF to move into the future as a “CBF fellowship with a Christian ministries heart.”
Jay and Anita will be representing SMBF at the CBF National General Assembly in Atlanta, June 25-27. We hope you all get a chance to meet and welcome them to their new role and life on the MS Gulf Coast “Doing Christ’s Love,” and to love them as we at SMBF have grown to love them in a very short time.