Jay is a native Tennessean, born in Memphis and raised in Nashville. Though he grew up in the church, it was in high school when faith came alive for him, and in no small part due to the youth ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Nashville. Though he wouldn’t realize it then, Jay can see now the seeds God was sowing in him for ministry.

Jay and Frances met while they were students at the University of Georgia, though it would be years later when they reconnected. Frances was born and raised in Thomasville, GA, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

During college Jay began to feel some stirrings toward seminary. After some time living abroad and traveling in Latin America, he enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary. There, God affirmed with clarity that he belonged in the church as a pastor.

After graduation, Jay was called as Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Mission at Germantown Presbyterian Church in Germantown, TN, where he has served since 2012. During his tenure there, he completed his doctorate at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

While at Germantown, Jay reconnected with Frances. Since college and graduate school, she had moved back to Thomasville, teaching high school English and serving on a PNC herself at her church. It was because of a missionary, whom both their congregations supported, that their paths came together again. After a spell of long-distance dating and a move to Memphis, Frances said “yes” when Jay asked her to marry him. God blessed them with their first child Jack at the end of November 2017.

The Lord has blessed the Howells greatly, and they hope to live into the grace He has shown them in seeking to serve Him and His church faithfully at SHPC.

• Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Mission; Germantown Presbyterian Church, Germantown, TN;
• Campus Ministry Committee, Presbytery of the Mid-South, Chair
• Permanent Judicial Commission, Presbytery of the Mid-South, Clerk
• Doctor of Ministry, Missional Leadership; Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; Pittsburgh, PA; 2018
• Master of Divinity; Princeton Theological Seminary; Princeton, NJ; 2012
• Recipient of Jagow Award for Preaching, 2012
• Seminary Bluegrass Ensemble, Guitar and Vocals
• Impersonator of Seminary President
• Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Magna Cum Laude, University of Georgia; Athens, GA; 2007
• Recipient of Foundation Fellowship
• Guitarist/Vocalist in mediocre Athens rock band